Multifarious Celebrations of Black History Month @ Our Library

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Anne H. Coleman, Assistant Dean for Research Services (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: On February 3, 2009, the Mary Livermore Library kicked off its celebration of Black History Month with a presentation by Mama Dip (Mildred Council), the owner of a well-known restaurant in Chapel Hill that specializes in what Mama Dip calls “country cooking.” On February 11, the Library continued its celebration of Black History Month by cosponsoring a series of events commemorating the 20th National African American Read-In (AARI). The annual Read-In activities are designed to promote literacy among African Americans. The UNCP African American Read-In events this year were cosponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, the School of Education, the Office of Academic Affairs, and FirstBook. The first AARI event, held on February 11, featured an African storyteller, Obakunle Akinlana. The second AARI program, held on February 13, was a Children’s Hour. During this event, African American children’s stories were read to groups of youngsters from a local preschool. The third event in the AARI series, held in the Library on February 17, was an oral readings program. Participants in this program read favorite poems, passages, and excerpts from African-American-authored literature. The fourth, and final, event of the African American Read-In series was a book discussion of Cornel West’s book, Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom.

Additional Information

Library Lines, v.18, no.1
Language: English
Date: 2009
Libraries, Library Programs, Library Activities, Black History Month Programs, Black History Month Activities, African American Read-In (AARI), Literacy, Mary Livermore Library

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