Dynamic poetry pieces, and cool breezes set off by the sound of drums is what students who attended the 13th annual African-American Read-In Chain experienced.
The event, sponsored by the FAMU Link, consisted of the reading of African American poetry and other literature pieces.
Dee Brown, the coordinator of the FAMU Link and professor of speech in the College of Arts and Sciences said, ” We wanted to have the African American literature as a traditional activity for Black History Month and to launch US history.”
The read-in, which began on Sunday, had readings at the Black Archives Museum on Apalachee Parkway and at the FAMU Welcome Center at the Tallahassee Regional Airport for the community.
Monday’s readings, which was for students of all ages, was held in front of the Black Archives Museum on FAMU’s campus.
Students also went to FAMU DRS to read African- American literature to students.
The African-American Read-In was established in 1989 by the National Counsel of Teachers of English.
Because of the need for more African-American Literature to be read in the community, Tallahassee mayor Scott Maddox declared the first Sunday and following Monday of February as African American Read-In Chain Days.
The Read-In is a national event and is endorsed by the International Reading Association.
Millions of people have have learned about the literature and rich culture of African Americans through the program.