“It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books.”
– Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, founder of the African American Read-In
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the event is sponsored on campus by the College of DuPage Library.
For the last 28 years, more than a million readers from across the United States have gathered together to read the works of African American authors during AARI celebrations held in February – the COD event will feature volunteer readers from across the campus community presenting their favorite selections from African American books, essays and poetry collections, as well as brief biological sketches of the authors.
Looking for a good book? Check out these quick guides to Black literature in the COD Library: