February is Black History Month and the COD African American Read-In saw massive success last week.
Monday’s African American Read-In was tremendously successful, bringing together an impressive and diverse lineup of speakers to share selections from African American writers, poets and artists. The event was sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the Black Caucus of the NCTE and the COD Africa Committee.
The boardroom in the Student Services Center was packed with an enthusiastic and attentive audience who were treated to a series of presentations. Selections ranged from excerpts from Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book “David and Goliath” by Nancy Payne, professor of business management, to a powerful telling of “The Boy Who Painted Christ Black,” a short story by John Henrik Clarke, by an emotional Marco Benassi. The event concluded with a presentation by Cheryl Jackson of Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Stories of America’s Great Migration.” Jackson has organized the event for the past 11 years, bringing in over 150 speakers who select their own material. “When you read from your passion, people can sense it,” she reflected after the conclusion of the event.
Next year’s read-in is already on the books; mark your calendar for Feb. 2, 2015.