City of Lincoln
2019 Media Releases
- February 6, 2019
- Media Contact:
- Peter Ferguson, LPS, 402-436-1974, email@example.com
- Brenda Ealey, Lincoln City Libraries, 402-441-8562, firstname.lastname@example.org
African-American Read-Ins Set for February 7 and 20
The public is invited to attend two free read-ins this month focusing on African-American literature and history. The events are hosted by the Youth Development Team of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) as part of the local celebration of Black History Month. No reservations are required, and attendees may bring lunch.
The first is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 7 at the LPS District Office board room, 5905 "O" Street. The read-in features the following presenters:
- Welcome by Joy Harvey, LPS Media Services Coordinator and Head of MOSAIC
- Emcees — Shanna Letcher, LPS Student Advocate for the African-American Community, and Michael Hunter, LPS Transition Specialist
- Cedric Cooper, Principal, Schoo Middle School
- Linda Anderson, Receptionist, North Star High School
- DaWon Baker, Diversity and Inclusion Director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Marshawna Kapke, Scholar, North Star High School
- Wendy Hunt, Asst. Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Nebraska Wesleyan University
- Mayme Conroy, Scholar-Athlete, Doane University
- Bill Bryant, LPS Student Advocate for the African-American Community
- A performance of "Let The Children March" by the TRACKS Empowerment scholars of Belmont Elementary School
- Closing by Pat Leach, LCL Director
The second read-in from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 20 at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street, will include community stakeholders from business, the City and State and athletics.
The read-ins represent an ongoing collaborations between LPS and LCL. The National Council for the Teachers of English hosts the National African American Read-In. More information on LPS and LCL is available at lps.org and lincolnlibraries.org.