Readers into Black Literature as Part of National Exercise
Bruce, Orlando De, The Florida Times Union
Members of a book club will meet on the Northside tomorrow to
discuss their favorite book and how it impacted their lives.
The exercise will be their way of participating for the first
time in "The Eighth National African-American Read-In Chain," a
program that encourages groups nationwide to read books written
by African-American authors.
The group -- People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion &
Enjoyment -- will meet at 4 p.m. at 800 Broward Road to share
their favorite book, poem or Bible verse, said Felice Franklin,
a book club member.
"It's going to be a potluck and a book luck," she said. "The
program is encouraging what we do all year long."
In 1990, the first African-American Read-In Chain was sponsored
by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of
English and a year later the National Council of Teachers of
English joined in the sponsorship.
Every year, the sponsors set aside at least two days, the first
Sunday and Monday in February, to celebrate the program, which
was founded six years ago by University of Memphis education
professor Jerrie C. Scott to increase literacy among
African-American youths by exposing them to black authors.
This year, the goal is to get more than a million readers from
the 49 participating states, the West Indies and African
countries to participate, said Scott, who also directs diversity
programs at the University of Memphis. …