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African-American Read-In Chain Feb. 2

01/20/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- The ninth national African American Read-In Chain and reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections in Miami University's King Library.

Hamilton Journal-News writer Kathy Wilson will serve as moderator. The National Teacher of the Year, Miami alumna Sharon Draper, will participate from 2:30-3 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to present a reading, listen to colleagues read or read a favorite work.

Readings can be selected from works authored by African-American writers. Participants are asked to bring a favorite work or select one from the library's display.

The African American Read-In Chain was started in 1990 as a formal part of Black History Month activities nationwide. During the Read-In Chain, people of all ethnic groups read works by African-American writers at the same time on the same day in communities across the nation.

The national goal is to have one million readers this year.

Those who would like to participate may contact Jacky Johnson, King Library, at 529-1698 or at johnsoj@muohio.edu with the title, author and selected passage.

The Read-In Chain is sponsored locally by the Miami University Libraries' Diversity Committee. Local Read-In Chain sites include Talawanda High School and Middle School and the Lane Public Library Oxford branch. Lane Library's Read-in is 3-5 p.m.

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