Group Picture from the 2012 African American Read-In


African American Literature Read-In

"Making Literacy a Traditional Part of Black History Month Celebrations"

The 2014 African American Read-In will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, in room 228 of the Hall Patterson Building! Whether you read or just listen, your presence will help to promote literacy and the reading of African American literature.

This February, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (with the endorsement of the International Reading Association) will sponsor the twenty-fourth National African American Read-In, and for the twenty-fourth time, the Department of English will participate.  Any member of the WSSU community is invited to read a poem or a passage from a prose work by any African American author (including original works).   

For more information about the 2013 Read-In, call the office of Dr. Elwanda Ingram at (336) 750-2302 or e-mail her at e-mail address for Dr. Elwanda Ingram.

The NCTE Black Caucus provides a book list for adults and young adults and a supplemental list of works for young children. There are also many Internet sites that give information about and works by African American authors.*  Here are a few of them:

Modern English Collection -- Electronic Text Center: African American This is a segment of one of the best online sources for the texts of works that (in most cases) are no longer under copyright. A wealth of material may be found here.
African American Women Writers of the 19th CenturyNYPL Digital Library Collections Digital Schomburg
VG: Voices from the Gaps:  Women Writers and Artists of Color  This is "an instructional Web site focusing on the lives and works of North American women writers of color."
George Moses Horton (1798?-ca. 1880) was a remarkable North Carolinian who published two books while he was enslaved (and a third afterward).   His autobiography and many of his poems can be found in his second book, which is online here
African American Writers Online E-Texts The Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) African American Writers Page
Academy of American Poets This site gives online texts of poems by many contemporary American poets.  You can search for works by poets like Lucille Clifton, Maya Angelou, Sonia Sanchez, and Langston Hughes. There is also an interesting Black History page which links to more resources.
Modern American Poetry  This is another resource for information about American poets and links to their online works.
Poetry Foundation  This site offers a wide range of poets and poems. The page entitled "Poems to Celebrate Black History Month" is a good place to begin your search. (To find more resources, notice the links on the right or click on a poem and look for a "related content" link.)

*Please note that it is generally wise to check the texts of online works against a reliable printed source.

Resources are also available in many of the texts used in courses in the Department of English and also, of course, in many books available in O'Kelly Library

The Hall Patterson Building may be located using this map.

See pictures of the 2009, 2007 and 2006 Read-Ins.

Elwanda Ingram's home page

Rebecca Wall's home page

Department of English

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