African American Read-In 2024

February 19, 2024 2:00 pm
Miller Nichols Library Room 325 or online via Zoom

Celebrating Gloria Tibbs with Food for the Soul

You are invited to the annual African American Read-In from the UMKC Libraries! Register to join us on on February 19, 2024 from 2:00-3:30 pm in Miller Nichols Library room 325, or to join us virtually on Zoom.

The African American Read-In is a celebration of African American literature and literacy. Participate by reading excerpts from poetry, speeches, stories, songs, and other works created by African American authors and artists. Or, just come to listen, reflect, and enjoy the presentations. Join us on February 19th as a listener or a presenter!

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Joining us on Zoom will not require a Zoom account. First Semester Experience credit is available for attending or presenting.

Participate as a Presenter 

If you would like to read, perform, or share from poetry, speeches, stories, or other works of literature created by African American authors and artists, select Presenter on the registration form. In addition to your registration confirmation email, you will be contacted by email by a member of the African American Read-In planning committee with more information about choosing your piece to share, and what you can expect during our virtual Read-In. 

Looking for ideas on what you can share? Search for materials owned by the UMKC Libraries on African American history and experiences, or fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music, or other works by African American creators. Beginning February 1, visit the first floor of Miller Nichols Library to peruse a book display focused on African American authors. 

About the African American Read-In 

The African American Read-In was founded by Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, a member of the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. The Caucus proposed the event in late 1989, and the first Read-In took place during Black History Month in 1990. Gloria Tibbs, a UMKC librarian until her retirement in 2021 and beloved mentor to many, founded the UMKC Libraries African American Read-In in 2010. We host our annual Read-In each February in memory of Gloria, who always referred to the event as “food for the soul.”

Sign Up

If you aren’t able to join us for this year’s event, you can experience Black History Month through a library lens using our first floor book display. Now through the end of February, come to the first floor of the UMKC Libraries to look through the collection, discover some new titles and authors, and celebrate the diversity of the UMKC community.

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library