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COD African American Read-In: 2021 Read-In

2021 Virtual African American Read-In

man reading a book with date and time of read-in

Join us at a distance this year for COD's 2021 African American Read-In
February 25, 2021, at 4 PM
Watch live on the COD Library's YouTube Channel

As always, all COD employees and students have two ways to participate in the African American Read-In - as a reader and as a listener. This year, readers had the opportunity to record and submit short videos of their readings for inclusion in an on-demand video playlist.

In addition to the playlist, the Library will livestream the African-American Read-In on Thursday, February 25th at 4 pm featuring selected reading videos.

While we miss hosting our readers in the Library, we are looking forward to the opportunity to invite even more of you to read, listen to, and enjoy African American literature.

2021 African American Virtual Read-In Playlist

Many thanks to the readers from across College of DuPage who shared their readings with us! Our playlist includes:

  • Leila Alkhatib reading "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou
  • Denise Cote reading "Broken" by Sapphire
  • Dennis Emano, Mental Health Counselor, reading How to Be an Antiracist and an Instagram post on love by Ibram X Kendi
  • Jason Florin, Professor of Human Services, reading an excerpt from White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Professor Lisa Higgins, Director of Honors Program, reading excerpts from "When Black People Are in Pain, White People Join Book Clubs" by Tre Johnson
  • Sue Kerby, Coordinator of Study Abroad, reading an excerpt from Xuela  by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Robert Moorehead, Associate Professor of Sociology, reading "On the Pulse of Morning" by Maya Angelou
  • Jazz Rivero reading "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Professor Debra Smith, COD Nursing & Health Sciences Librarian, reading “A Library” and “A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long” by Nikki Giovanni
  • David Swope, Manager, Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, reading from Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
  • Belem Oseguera Duran, Vice President of the Page Turners, reading "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou, and "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar


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