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Motlow Smyrna Center hosts 'African American Read-In'

April 14, 2015

Motlow College Smyrna Center faculty, staff and students recently participated in an 'African American Read-In' event in order to commemorate Black History Month.

The event was inspired by the national Read-In event, which is promoted and held annually by the National Council of Teachers of English (NTCE) at K-12 and higher education institutions across the United States. The Read-In celebrated the literary accomplishments of beloved African American writers, poets and orators.

Paige Hendrickson, librarian at the Smyrna Center, and Elizabeth White, reading instructor, hosted the celebration. Hendrickson and White are both co-sponsors of the Smyrna Center Diversity Club.

Seventeen presenters comprised of faculty, staff and students from various academic disciplines read their favorite passages, poems and speeches, and then discussed the personal significance of the chosen works.

"What made the Smyrna Center's 'African American Read-In' remarkable were the personal experiences shared by the presenters to the special poems and literary works that they read," said Hendrickson. "Moving and emotional connections to African American works were expounded upon by the presenters.

"The 'African American Read-In' event gave everyone the opportunity to not only view literature from a historical perspective, but to also find meaning and inspiration from the presentations," continued Hendrickson. "The event showed how compelling and meaningful literature can be. It's not just words on a page, but words with powerful and personal connections."