Families who attend this Saturday’s African American Read-in are in for a feast of literature, music, and dance. The agenda features an African drum and dance ensemble, student dance groups, a jazz band and a Reader’s Walk showcasing students sharing poems and passages from their favorite books. This all takes place this Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1819 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The event theme is Reading is The Wave of Life. The celebration is free and open to the community.
Author Cheryl Wills will share with students her love for reading and writing. Wills’ book, “Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale,” traces her great-great-great grandfather’s courageous service in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War.
Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall, Dallas Councilwoman Tiffinni Young and radio personalities Rock T and Robert Ashley will add their voices to the celebration. Families can also pick up information from more than a dozen booths staffed by representatives of the Dallas ISD, Dallas Public Library, Literacy Instruction for Texas, Big Thought, Girls Inc. and Reading Partners, among others.
To keep students reading even after the event, organizers are providing a special perk for children who attend – a free back sack and free books for the children’s home libraries.