Black History Month in February is fast approaching and with it comes The 28th The African American Read-In A national celebration of African American Culture & Literature.
The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation presents “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages,” on Wednesday February 21, in conjunction with the Red Bank Public Library, as part of the 2018 African American Read-In, in honor of Black History Month. The doors will open at 6 pm for a meet and greet reception, with the presentation starting at 7 pm Fortune’s notable rise as an African American journalist, during the 19th and 20th Centuries, and as a social justice trailblazer, will be brought to life through his poetry, prose, letters, excerpts of speeches and editorials. Community members, along with youth from the New Jersey Orators will present the works of Fortune, such as letters corresponding with President Theodore Roosevelt and the African American leader, Booker T. Washington, and other writings that profoundly relate to the cultural attitudes, citizenry and resistance of “We the People,” Today! The Red Bank Public Library is located at 84 W. Front Street. Please register to attend this event at 732-842-0690. On Saturday February 24, from 3-4:30 pm., a repeat performance of “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages,” will take place at the Long Branch Public Library located at 328 Broadway. Doors will open at 2:30, for light refreshments Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Literacy Association The goal of the African American Read-In is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.
Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month Choose a book a poem, story by an African-American author. Read to your children, your grandchildren, step children, share a book with friends. It does not have to be in a large group or a public event It can be as simple as bringing together family and friends in a private setting or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers Anyone can read: Students, Teachers, Elected Officials, Parents, Grand parents, etc Further questions write to, email@example.com or visit http://www2.ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in/
Program History At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nationwide Read-In on the first Sunday of February. At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. The commitment for nationwide promotion extends from 1990 to the present. In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain.
Host Responsibilities As host, you are responsible for hosting an African American Read-In during the month of February and submitting a short report about your event that includes the location, number of attendees, and books featured. You do not need to register in advance. Note: The Host Report Card is to be submitted after your Read-In event.
Be a Part of History in the Making The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center will open in the Spring of 2018. This cultural center, once known as “Maple Hall”, will commemorate the life of T. Thomas Fortune, who acquired the residence in 1901. Born into slavery in 1856, Fortune went on to become one of the most influential American journalists and newspaper publishers of the 19th and 20th centuries, making significant contributions to the advancement of civil rights and justice. This building will preserve his legacy for generations. TheT. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center building is a National Historic Landmark. It is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey that is significant because of its role in African American history.