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partners-in-literacy-banner-2.pngGWP is partnering with the UMSL Literacy Clinic to celebrate African American authors through NCTE's National African American Read-In celebration.  The National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. 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.

  Opportunities to participate:

  •  ANYONE: Read our book choice for Black History Month and join our book conversation.
  • TEACHERS: Read books/poems by African American authors in your classrooms. Share your classroom events with us be included in our UMSL celebration. We will give you a shoutout on our social media channels. Need ideas for book selections? Check out NCTE's recommendations here: Also, check our GWP webpage for video submissions of local African American youth and adult writers sharing their writing (see below).
  • AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS: If you are an African American writer (youth or adult) who would like to share your writing as part of our celebration, please record a video of you reading your piece and submit the video link using the participation form.  We will publish your video on our website during the month of February and post on our social media channels.
  • PARTICIPATING STUDENTS & TEACHERS:  Teachers complete who complete the participation are registered for giftcard give-aways to the local African-American owned bookstore - EyeSeeMe.


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