10th annual African-American Read-In to be held Feb. 23

Judson College will host its 10th annual African-American Read-In Tuesday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. in Alumnae Auditorium.

The Read-In is part of a national initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) that celebrates the voices of African American writers, artists, visionaries, and trailblazers, whose selected works are read aloud. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of NCTE to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants worldwide.

The Judson event, sponsored by the Fine Arts & Humanities Division, marks a decade of the College’s participation in the national Read-In initiative. According to Dr. Jessica Spafford, Head of the Music Department, highlights of this year’s event will include a recitation of Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” (Dr. Billie Jean Young, performances by the Judson Singers and guest instrumentalists, and student literary readings and presentations.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public is asked to join via livestream, rather than in person. The Judson campus community will gather in Alumnae Auditorium during the week’s regular Chapel hour. The event will be livestreamed below and on the Boxcast App on Roku and Fire TV (search for Judson College).