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Celebrate Black History Month with a read-in at Penn State Altoona

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The ninth annual African American Read-In on the Penn State Altoona campus will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in the Slep TV Lounge.

The African American Read-In, sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of the Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association, is an annual event celebrating literature by African American authors. Over a million readers nationwide participated last year. The daylong reading marathon includes faculty, staff, and students reading short excerpts from their favorite African-American texts, as well as a number of dance, drama, and musical performances by African American artists.

Sponsors of the event are looking for volunteers. There are a number of ways to participate, including signing up to read a short or long selection, or signing up to do a creative presentation that was created or inspired by an African American artist.

All presenters and performers receive a free commemorative Read-In T-shirt.  Snacks and refreshments will be served throughout the day. For more information, contact Jutta Lorensen at


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