RALEIGH, N.C. Ė The State Capitol and the Richard B. Harrison Library will host a session of the 2010 National African American Read-In on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Read-In will be held at the State Capitol from noon to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The event is held in recognition of February as Black History Month, and the public is invited to the Capitol to share favorite passages from the writings of contemporary and historical black authors. Capitol staff, students and community leaders will read aloud from selected works by various African American authors. To participate as a reader, please e-mail Capitol education coordinator Terra Schramm, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year marks the 21st anniversary that the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has sponsored the African American Read-In, dedicated to the discussion and reading of books by African American writers with the goal to make the celebration of African American literature a traditional part of Black History Month.
Schools, churches, libraries and community organizations across the nation will host similar events in support of the Read-In, which has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over a million readers of all ethnic groups from 49 states, the West Indies and African countries have participated over the years.
The State Capitolís mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury, Morgan and Wilmington streets. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994.
Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the stateís cultural resources to build North Carolinaís social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
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