Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE
Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.
To be counted as participants, simply:
The Read-In 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. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.
Download an African American Read-In Packet
You can print the PDF version of the African American Read-In packet by clicking the link below. It includes a News Release, Host Invitation, and information on how to submit the Report Card.
We have the following suggested reading lists available:
For any questions on the African American Read-In, contact:
Administrative Liaison Specialist
800-369-6283, ext. 3632
Founder & National Director
Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott
University of Memphis
College of Education
Memphis, TN 38152
National Council of Teachers of English.
1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096 Phone: 217-328-3870 or 877-369-6283