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African American Read-In – February 2025

African American Read-In takes place during February. This month, schools, bookshops, libraries, churches, community and professional groups, and interested people are encouraged to arrange an African American Read-In as part of Black History Month. An event may be as basic as gathering friends to discuss a book as it can be as sophisticated as organizing public readings and media presentations with professional African American authors.

History of African American Read-In

Established in 1990 by the National Council of English Teachers Black Caucus, the National African American Read-In has developed from being a solely instructional event to a celebration of the lively contributions and essential role African American literature, art, and artists play in American society. Well over 5.9 million people throughout the globe have taken part in this campaign.

According to the official N.C.T.E. website, the Board of the National Education Association in Chicago, Illinois, created the National Council of Teachers of English in 1911. As educational needs and priorities shift, so does this group’s mission, and they set out to do just that. School curriculum had become too restricted and could not meet the demands of an increasingly varied student body, which prompted this early endeavor. These concerns were the subject of the creation of a specialized committee. N.C.T.E. has offered a venue for English teachers to continue their professional development throughout their careers, as well as a framework for collaborative action on problems affecting the teaching of English, since this period.

To begin, these concerned educators focused their efforts on a small problem: the difficulties associated with a strictly defined approach to teaching English as a second language. After some time, however, it became clear that a national professional association was the only way to influence policy. By 1919, the first investigation group had grown big enough to become a full-fledged agency. The N.C.T.E. has always maintained a divisional organization with different groups chosen to represent elementary, secondary, and tertiary educators due to its open-door membership policy.

African American Read-In timeline

N.C.T.E. is Founded

The National Council of Teachers of English (N.C.T.E.) is founded by a team of educators in Illinois.

The Committee Becomes an Organization

The original investigatory committee grows large enough to become an organization.

C.C.C.C. is Formed

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (C.C.C.C.) is founded to meet the unique requirements of university and community college communication and composition professors.

The National African American Read-In is Established

The National Council of English Teachers Black Caucus establishes the National African American Read-In.

African American Read-In FAQs

What is the African American Read-In?

The National African American Read-In is a ground-breaking initiative that encourages communities to read together while focusing on African American literature and writers.

Why you should read African American authors?

Reading novels written by African American authors may help us better comprehend the world around us and what it implies to be African.

Who is the first African American author?

Phillis Wheatley: in 1773, at the age of 20, would become the first African American published author.

African American Read-In Activities

  1. Attend author readings

    You may participate in the National African American Read-In by attending author readings. You’re bound to be enlightened!

  2. Attend poetry slams

    Attending poetry slams is one way to commemorate the National African American Read-In. Not only are they exciting, but they’re a great way to get exposed to literary genius.

  3. Take part in book drives

    Actively engage in book drives to obtain books written by African Americans for distribution to schools. Education is paramount to development.

5 Interesting Facts About Reading

  1. Reading helps to relieve tension

    Reading a decent book after a busy and tiring day may do wonders for our mental condition.

  2. Reading provides several health advantages

    Reading has many additional advantages for your physical and mental health apart from decreasing stress.

  3. Reading is simpler than you believe

    The best part is that even if you consider reading to be a chore, you can still accomplish a lot with little effort.

  4. Reading makes you a better person

    Reading is not only a fun activity, but it is also an excellent self-development tool.

  5. Reading helps you feel better about yourself

    Because a good book may help with stress and despair, it's easy to see why those who read more are more self-confident and joyful.

Why We Love African American Read-In

  1. It celebrates the expansion of vocabulary

    Participating in the National African American Read-In can introduce you to more words. This allows you to become a better communicator.

  2. It improves your knowledge

    Your mind will be loaded with knowledge if you engage in read-ins. You never know when it may come in helpful, but having all of this knowledge in hand might be valuable in the future.

  3. It enhances your imagination and creativity

    Immersion in a new universe and characters during the National African American Read-In may ignite imagination and creativity. This will help your brain generate thoughts, possibilities, and comprehension, as well as make you more receptive to hearing other people's viewpoints.

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