African American Read-In @ the Carnegie Center
The African American Read-In, formed in 1990, is the first and oldest event dedicated
to diversity in literature. Established by the Black Caucus of the National Council
of Teachers of English, the read-in was designed to make literacy an integral part of
Black History Month. More than six million people have participated in the African
American Read-In at events held in libraries, schools, bookstores, coffee shops,
churches, prisons, and wherever people gather to recognize the written word.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Carnegie Center for Art & History
participated in the National African American Read-In last month on Saturday, February 19
from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Zoom. The event was hosted by spoken word artist
KennyFresh, and included featured readers such as Deedee Cummings, a local
author who shared her work from her series, Kayla: A Modern Day Princess.
But that’s not all! The public was encouraged to both listen and participate in this free
program by reading short excerpts by African American authors in an open mic format
via Zoom. Selections were 2-3 minutes long and could be by living or deceased
Thanks to our dedicated host, guest readers, audience, friends, and staff we’re able to share this recording today! Enjoy!