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February 16, 2018
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Peter Ferguson, Lincoln Public Schools,, 402-436-1974
Brenda Ealey, Lincoln City Libraries,, 402-441-8562

Libraries, LPS to Host African-American Read-In

To celebrate Black History Month, Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) invite the public to a free African-American Read-In, Wednesday, February 21. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. No reservations are required.

The event will explore African-American history and the rich history, role and contributions of African-Americans in the world of literature and the arts. The read-in is part of an ongoing collaboration between LCL and LPS. It is also part of the "Savor the Color of Life" reading program cosponsored by LCL and the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The program celebrates African American history, literature and art, and precedes the performances of the musical "The Color Purple" at the Lied Center.

The Read-In will be emceed by William Bryant and Shanna Letcher and will feature Library Director Pat Leach; Sam Dixon, Women's Head Basketball Coach, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Karen Bell-Dancy Executive Director, Lincoln YWCA; scholars Javon Leuty, Goodrich Middle School, and Mya Smith, Yankee Hill High School; Shavonna Lausterer, Director, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department; Charlotte Duncan-Wagner, State Farm Insurance; and LPS student advocates for the African-American community.

For information about Lincoln City Libraries and the Savor the Color of Life program, visit For information about Lincoln Public Schools, visit

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