African American Read-In 2021

February 14, 2021 2:00 pm

The 2021 African American Read-In from the UMKC Libraries is going virtual! Register to join us on Zoom on February 15th from 2:00-3:30 pm.

The African American Read-In is an annual celebration of African American literature and literacy. Attendees are welcome to be listeners as participants read excepts from poetry, speeches, stories, and other works of literature created by African American authors and artists. Join us on February 15th as a listener or a presenter! 

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the secure meeting link. Joining us on Zoom will not require a Zoom account.

Participate as a Presenter 

Need some suggestions on what to present? You can visit the library and check out the fabulous book display that AARI Co-Chair Liz Johnson put together, or you can search the MERLIN Online Catalog for materials on African American history, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more.

Questions? Email Tracey Hughes 

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 (NCTE). The Caucus proposed the event in late 1989, and the first offering of the AARI took place during Black History Month of 1990. [1] This year will mark the 12th anniversary of the University Libraries’ participation in this national celebration of African American literature & literacy, having hosted at least one AARI event every year since 2010.

[1] “African American Read-In,” NCTE, accessed January 31, 2019,

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