Dixie State to host annual read-in chain for Black History Month

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah’s English Department will host the 23rd-annual National Council of Teachers of English African American Read-In Chain, in celebration of Black History Month next Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Gardner Student Center Cottam Room on campus.

DSC students, faculty and staff are invited to read aloud their favorite work from an African American writer, in addition to listening to others quote various works. In all, it is expected that more than a million people across the country will participate in the Read-In Chain.

In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English sponsored the first African American Read-In Chain. In 1991, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship. The annual African American Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over one million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the District of Columbia, the West Indies, African countries and more have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

For more information about the Read-In Chain or schedule a time to read, please contact DSC Assistant Professor of English Dr. John Chavez at 435-879-4403 or at [email protected]. Further information may be found on the NCTE website at www.ncte.org/action/aari.


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