Carroll County schools' African-American Read-In set for Feb. 4
By Jennifer Turiano
Carroll County Times|
Jan 08, 2019 | 4:30 PM
The fifth annual Carroll County African-American Read-In will take place in less than a month.
Students from all Carroll County public high schools and Silver Oak Academy will participate in the read-in, which is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. In case of snow, the read-in will take place on Monday, Feb. 25.
The event will begin with a jazz reception from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by readings and performances of African-American literature from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“As it is a read-in, all of the performances are centered and based in the text itself,” said Laura Doolan, CCPS Coordinator of Secondary English. “We have in the past had students sing a piece of literature … that is written by an African-American artist, we’ve had accompaniment to some of the performances, we’ve had dance accompaniment to some performances, dramatic readings — acting out a scene of a play.
“It’s important we celebrate the literature of African-American writers and give our students access to a wider variety of texts,” Doolan said.
The National African-American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature, according to a CCPS news release. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
“[The Read-In is] a nice celebration of our students, their talents and some fantastic African-American literature,” said Doolan.
Students and teachers in Carroll County are still working together to determine which texts will be used, Doolan said, and to ensure that the schools do not use the same pieces. Their decisions will be made by next week.