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African American Read-In Feb. 25 in Lecanto

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on February 24, 2018

The celebration of literature by African-American authors continues in 2018 with Citrus County’s eleventh observance of the National African American Read-In to be held on Sunday, February 25th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the Learning and Conference Center on the College of Central Florida’s Citrus Campus.

Many members of the community have volunteered to be readers at this increasingly popular event. School principals and students, local elected officials and private citizens, actors and a community choir, will all gather together to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy to all of us. Ranging from speeches to spirituals, picture books to poetry to prayer; short selections will be read aloud allowing listeners to enter the fascinating world of ideas and images conveyed through the written word.

Come together with friends and neighbors for the 11th Annual African American Read-In and celebrate history and literature. Listen as moving, inspirational, and humorous selections from a wide range of African American literature are read aloud. Enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments.

The idea for an African American Read-In was introduced by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. Local sponsors for our event include the Educational Partners in Citrus County with representatives from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, the College of Central Florida’s Institute for Community Advancement, Saint Leo University, Citrus County Schools and the Citrus County Library System along with financial support from the Citrus County Chronicle, Publix, the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc., the Afro-American Club of Citrus County, and other local and national businesses, such as Walgreens.

The program is free and open to the general public. The College of Central Florida is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Parents and grandparents are especially encouraged to bring their upper elementary through high school aged children along with them. Refreshments will be provided during an informal social time following the event. For more information please phone Kathy Turner Thompson, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, at 352-341-6436 or go to


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