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DATE: Feb. 7, 2003

Four hours of readings from African American writers
will be one of the celebrations of Black History Month at UM-Dearborn


DEARBORN---Students, faculty and staff members from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Marygrove College will celebrate Black History Month with four hours of continuous readings from the works of award-winning African American writers beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 in Room 1030, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at UM-Dearborn.

The "African-American Read-In Chain" is free and open to the public. The event, in which thousands of people participate around the country each year, was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English to commemorate the literary contributions of African Americans.

Pollard

"In years past, this event has been a terrific way to share a love of great literature with other members of our community," according to Deborah Smith Pollard, associate professor of English at UM-Dearborn and director of the campus's African and African American Studies Program. "We start reading out loud and don't stop for four hours."

Prior to Feb. 25, interested reachers will be assigned a ten-minute slot that they will fill with a reading from a favorite African American author. Members of the community may take part by registering to read or by joining the audience at the event. To register for a slot, interested readers should contact Pollard at debpoll@umd.umich.edu.

The event is sponsored by UM-Dearborn's African and African American Studies Program and Marygrove College's Education Unit students. Refreshments will be served.

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