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African American Read-In

"It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books." – Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, founder of the African American Read-In

In support of the National African-American Read-In and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the department of educational theory and practice's Graduate Student Organization invites you to participate in a read-in.

The read-in is open to all faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and staff from the UGA College of Education who would like to share a work by an African-American author, artist, activist, or musician that has inspired them. You might revisit something you have explored in the past or explore a new piece. You can choose to work by yourself, with a partner or small group. Each presenter will have 5-10 minutes to present what they read and why it is significant to them. You may share a quote or a snippet of a video.


We hope you will participate in this community and family-friendly event. If you would like to present, please create and submit to the shared Google folder one PowerPoint slide that introduces the African-American author/poet/artist's work you plan to share with the group by Monday, Feb. 20.

Your slide should include the following: 1) the name of the African-American author, artist, activist, or musician you chose, 2) a 1-2 sentence bio, 3) a picture of them or their work, and 4) 1-2 quotes/ideas from their work that you found inspiring.

After you create your slide, submit a PDF version to our shared Google folder (see directions below):

Directions for converting your PowerPoint or Google slide to a PDF:

  • Create your slide using PowerPoint or Google Slides
  • In Google Slides, click "File," "Download as," and then select "PDF"
  • In Power Point, click "File," "Save As," and then change the file format to "PDF"

Directions for uploading your PDF to the shared google folder:

  • Open the shared folder
  • Drag and drop the PDF into the shared folder
  • Alternatively, you can click the blue "New" button, select "File Upload", and then follow the prompts

For more information about the NCTE's African American Read-In, the history of the program, and for some lists of recommended texts, please visit NCTE's website.

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