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African-American Read-in Chain to be held Feb. 7

The 11th national African-American Read-In Chain and reception will be held from 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in King Library.

Vanessa Cummings, assistant director of public safety at Miami, will serve as moderator. Cummings is president of the Oxford chapter of the NAACP.

Members of the community are invited to present a reading, listen to colleagues read or read a favorite work. "Students in particular are encouraged to participate," said Valerie Mam, King Library associate.

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 event, people of all ethnic groups read works by African-American writers at the same time on the same day in communities across the country.

The event is sponsored locally by Miami University Libraries’ diversity committee. Other local read-in sites include schools in the Talawanda district and Lane Public Library Oxford Branch. Lane Library’s read-in will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6.

The read-in is free and open to everyone; walk-ins are welcome.

Those who would like to participate may contact Mam with the title, author and selected passage at 9-4142 or

Date Published: 01/13/2000
Volume: 19   Number: 20


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