UNI to host 10th annual African-American Read-In

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 10th annual African-American Read-In will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. There will be two featured guests at the event: Angela Johnson and Nothando Zulu.

Johnson is an award-winning American children's poetry book author. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called "Tell Me a Story, Mama," which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1991. She currently has 40 books to her credit, many of which have also won awards.

Zulu has been a master storyteller for more than 30 years. She is the founder of the Black Storytellers Alliance of Minnesota and has also won numerous awards. Through her storytelling, she educates her audiences about African and African-American culture.

More than 500 first-grade students will participate in the read-in. TC and TK will be available to have their photo taken with students.

For more information, visit www.vpaf.uni.eduaac/readin.shtml or contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu


Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-273-2007, gloria.holmes@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, blake.ruane@uni.edu