Event honors contributions of African-American authors
Lincoln Public Schools hosted the annual African-American Read-In event on Wednesday, 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, speaking and performing at Wednesday’s event were:
- Bill Bryant, student advocate for the African-American community, LPS
- Pete Ferguson, youth development coordinator, LPS
- Marshawna Kapke, student at Lincoln North Star High School
- Shanna Letcher, student advocate for the African-American community, LPS
- Chris Haeffner, director of library media services, LPS
- Jeremy Williams, fourth-grade teacher at Zeman Elementary School
- Alethea Stovall, dean of students, Bryan College of Health Sciences
- Vann Price, human resources supervisor of secondary personnel services, LPS
- Marro Lamar, recording artist
- Belmont Elementary School TRACKS scholars
- Kamri Sylve, news reporter, Channel 10/11 television
- Sändra Washington, Lincoln City Council member-at-large
- Pat Leach, director, 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 6, 2020, Updated: February 20, 2020