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Why #WeAchieveTogether: First Annual African American Read-In at James Elementary

February 25, 2020 - Partners in Education

Falling in love with books and African American history at their first annual African American Read-In at James Elementary.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

“We are so excited to bring this experience to our students here at James,” said Robin Johnson-Hewitt, Principal at James Elementary.  “We believe that a reading event like this is an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors all while connecting with our community.”

“We were so happy with the turnout,” said Kimberly James, Community Coordinator at James Elementary who helped plan today’s event. “we had over twenty-five members of the community come today to share with our students.”   

Ian Peterson, one of the volunteer readers at the event, wanted to give something back to his community. He grew up in a similar neighborhood and remembered there was a lack of role models. Now, a CEO at a company he founded, and a father himself, he knows how important it is to be a part of a community.

James Elementary plans to make this an annual event and look forward to next year.

That is Why #WeAchieveTogether.


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