IRVING-In celebration of Black History Month, North Lake College will host its annual African American Read-In Tuesday, February 28th at 12:30PM in the Student Life Center. The 2012 theme is Black Women in American History & Culture, creating an easy segue into Women's History Month in March.
With the goal of exposing the campus and surrounding community to authors they might otherwise never read, the African American Read-In is part of a national campaign first developed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This year’s event will highlight students, faculty and staff as they each share two to four minutes of their selected reading.
Coordinating North Lake’s Read-In, Zena Jackson offers suggestions to readers still hunting for selections. “Some students even submit their own writing,” Jackson notes, “and we review it with them before they go on stage. We want it to be an uplifting, positive experience.” As thanks for their contribution, each participant receives a book donated by faculty and staff. Previous year’s donations include James Earl Jones’ “Voices and Silences” and Joan R. Sherman’s “African-American Poetry, an Anthology.”
The African-American Read-In is offered in conjunction with other Black History Month events, including visits from Tuskegee Airman Lt. Calvin J. Span, South African Singer Rochelle Rabouin, and Host of "Irving About Town" Catherine Whiteman. The event is part of collaboration between Liberal Arts, the Office of Student Life and Educational Partnerships.
North Lake College expects 150-200 students to partake in this year’s Read-In and subsequent reception. “We are still finalizing the pizza,” Jackson laughs, “which is very important to the students.”
Editor's note: For interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Zena Jackson
, Executive Dean of Liberal Arts, at 972-273-3482, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College system without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.