Event honors contributions of African-American authors
Lincoln Public Schools hosted an African-American Read-In event on Thursday, featuring LPS staff, students and community members reading and performing excerpts from African-American literature and sharing stories about the authors and their work.
The hour-long event, held in conjunction with Lincoln City Libraries, explored African-American history and the contributions of African-Americans in the world of literature and the arts. It’s part of a nationwide literacy initiative during Black History Month, with similar events happening across the country.
Reading and speaking at Thursday’s event were:
- Shanna Letcher, LPS student advocate for the African-American community, and Michael Hunter Jr., LPS district transition specialist
- Linda Anderson, receptionist, Lincoln North Star High School
- Joy Harvey, LPS library media services coordinator
- DaWon Baker, diversity and inclusion director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Department
- Marshawna Kapke, student and speech team member at North Star
- Wendy Hunt, assistant director of diversity and inclusion, Nebraska Wesleyan University
- TRACKS Empowerment Scholars, Belmont Elementary School
- Tosh Jock, LPS bilingual liaison
- William Bryant, LPS student advocate for the African-American community
- Brenda Ealey, Lincoln City Libraries
Lincoln City Libraries will host a second African-American Read-In on Feb. 20, noon to 1 p.m., at the Loren Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St.
Published: February 7, 2019, Updated: February 7, 2019