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DATE: Jan. 26, 2004

Read-in celebrates African American literature

DEARBORN---The African and African American Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will present four hours of continuous readings from the literature of top African American authors during the fourth annual African American Read-in Chain from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 in Room 1030, CASL Building, on the UM-Dearborn campus.

The event, funded by a diversity challenge grant from the Office of the Provost, raises awareness of African American literature during Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

Participating in this year's read-in will be "Coco" and "Foolish" of the Serch in the AM morning show on WJLB-FM. Members of the Detroit alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, some of Detroit's award-winning slam poets, and UM-Dearborn faculty, staff and students also will take part as guest readers during the event.

"This is the first time we've included local celebrities in the event," according to humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African and African American Studies Program.

The African American Read-in Chain is a national event that was started by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1990. More than a million readers of all ethnic groups, from 49 states, the West Indies, and African countries have participated in the event.

Those interested in participating in the read-in chain should contact Smith Pollard at (313) 593-1391 to inquire about open time slots.

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