Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity in Literature
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world. During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In. Hosting an event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers. The National African American Read-In Toolkit contains resources to help plan a Read-In, including booklists and promotional materials.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in February.
Read in Color is bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. The program has four key components: Read in Color pledge; Little Free Library installations; Free diverse books; and Recommended reading lists.
Living Nations, Living Words, the signature project of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, conveys through poetry that Native people and poets have vital and unequivocal roots in this country. The project features 47 contemporary Native poets reading and discussing their original poems.