Those who wish to participate should bring something to read. The program will take place on the second floor of the museum in the library.
This event is being held in conjunction with Black History Month. Mount Airy Museum Board Member Emma Jean Tucker is hosting the event.
“We are going to be reading whatever people want to share. People are encouraged to read works by African-American writers and to make literacy an important part of Black History Month. We also need to remind people to read works by African-American authors all year long,” said Tucker.
She said people are welcome to come listen and don’t have to read to participate.
The read-in has been endorsed by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. More than a million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the District of Columbia, the West Indies, African countries, and more have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African-American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.
Matt Edwards, executive director of the museum, said the facility has hosted several events to promote Black History month and he is looking forward to Thursday’s program.
“There’s a nationwide initiative that’s been ongoing for 22 years to encourage exposure to African-American writers and literature. It’s a fairly low-key event that encourage groups to gather and read some of those works at some point during the month of February,” said Edwards.
For more information, contact the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 786-4478.