Wednesday, February 20, 2013

North Charleston After School Programs celebrate African American literature during Black History month

The City of North Charleston’s After School Programs are participating in the 24th National African American Read-In, sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English and National Council of Teachers of English. The intent of the Read-In is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. 

Children ages 5 to 12 years old were read selected books, poems and speeches by African American authors. Charleston County Public Library staff selected and provided over 100 books featuring African American writers, which were read by Continental Society volunteers. Over 200 children in the City’s After School Programs were read to during the month of February at community centers. 

The Continental Society is an international public service organization dedicated to the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of underprivileged children and youth. 

The National African American Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over 1 million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the West Indies, and African countries have participated.

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