Piedmont Arts          
African American Read-In and Family Day
2/23/19 - 11 AM - 1 PM
Piedmont Arts

Celebrating Black History Month

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

In conjunction with the 29th Annual National African American Read-In, Piedmont Arts invites the community to take part in a celebration of African American artists, performers and writers at its annual African American Read-In and Family Day.

Danville-based storyteller Fred Motley will perform classic folktales, songs and stories from around the world at 11:30 am and 12:15 pm. A modern-day griot, Motley has traveled to festivals and other venues to teach African-American history, music and dance for over 30 years.

Community members will read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors and a selection of books by African American authors will be on display courtesy of Joyce Staples.

Guests can also create a bookmark to take home and take part in a "Make Your Own Story" craft.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. 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.

Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.