BHM Read-In: “Living Through Our Voices”
UW-Parkside students and faculty celebrated the literary contributions of renowned black authors during Wednesday's Black History Month Read-In. Readers were asked to present two to three minute passages from books that entertain or empower them.
"It's important to hear the voices of African-Americans who've come before us, to ensure that we never forget their stories," said Dr. Renee Kirby, UW-Parkside's Coordinator of Disability Services. "It's also important to realize that we've inherited a legacy, and must share and continue that legacy through the written and spoken word."
Among the books readers selected were author Phil Zuckerman's "du Bois on Religion," an biography on W.E.B. du Bois, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard; "The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance" a book of poems by Audre Lorde, and "Young, Gifted, and Black" by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard III.
More than 25 readers participated. Each counted toward this year's national goal of one million Read-In participants. The event was sponsored by UW-Parkside's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and coordinated by the Black Student Union.UW-Parkside's Black History Month celebration continues tonight, Thursday, Feb. 9, with a Speak Out featuring actress Marti Gobel as early civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Studio A of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Admission is free.