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COD African American Read-In: 2020 Read-In

The Read-In was held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College of DuPage Library Alcove and featured over 20 readers from the COD community.

You can listen to selections from this year's COD African American Read-In as aired on Sunday, February 9th on WDCB's program First Light. Visit

2020 African American Read-In Bibliography

African American Read-In logoAngelou, Maya. Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer. Random House, 2006.
Brooks, Gwendolyn. To Disembark. Third World Press, 1981.
Burroughs, Margaret Taylor. What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black? Cultural Fund, 1992.
Burton, Art T. Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves. U of Nebraska Press, 2008.
Chisholm, Shirley. Unbought and Unbossed. Take Root Media, 2010.
Gaines, Ernest J. Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays. Knopf, 2005.
Hampton, Fred. “People Have to Have the Power,” in Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal, edited by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings. Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.
Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. Vintage Books, 1990.
Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. One World, 2019.
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse, Asha Bandele, and Angela Y. Davis. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Morrison, Toni. Nobel Lecture. The Nobel Prize, 1993.
Perry, Imani. Breathe: A Letter to My Sons. Beacon Press, 2019.
Shakur, Tupac. The Rose that Grew from Concrete. Simon and Schuster, 2009.
Smith, Tracy K. Wade in the Water. Graywolf Press, 2018.
Woodfox, Albert, and Leslie George. Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope. Grove Press, 2019.

College of DuPage African American Read-In

2020 Read-In Schedule


10 a.m.

Jennifer Kelley - Welcome


Deborah Adelman - Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry


Dennis Emano - When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors


Robert Dixon-Kolar - Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith


Brian O’Keefe - Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves by Art T. Burton


Sam Mitrani - Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement  by Albert Woodfox


Dan Bindert - Mozart and Leadbelly by Ernest J. Gaines


Shaheen Chowdhury - “Let it Be Known” and “I’m a Woman” by Margaret Burroughs and “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth


Amy Camp - Various lyrics by Prince


Kristin Bailey - Nobel Prize Lecture by Toni Morrison


Ken Orenic - “The People Have to Have the Power” by Fred Hampton


Devin Chambers - The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur


Dana Thompson - “Continue” by Maya Angelou


Robert Moorehead - How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi


David Swope - Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm


Jamari McElroy - “To Black Women” by Gwendolyn Brooks


Manuel Nartey - “War” by Manuel Nartey


David Coppins - “I, Too” by Langston Hughes


Thank you!

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