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February 26, 2014

Purdue's Black Cultural Center Library hosts African American Read-In Feb. 28

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Black Cultural Center Library on Friday (Feb. 28) will host African American Read-In 2014: Reading the Literary Works of Amiri Baraka.

Children and adults are welcome to attend the free event from 5-7 p.m. at the BCC. All children who attend will receive a free book.

An African American Read-In is a celebration of literary works by black authors, said Jamillah R. Gabriel, BCC librarian and event organizer.

"The read-in was founded 25 years ago by Jerrie Scott as a literary initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English," Gabriel said. "It is an opportunity to educate about the contributions of black writers."

Baraka is an author, poet and political activist who died earlier this year, Gabriel said. Some of his more well-known works include "The Music: Reflection on Jazz and Blues," "The Book of Monk" and "New Music, New Poetry," the Amiri Baraka website said. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu 

Source: Jamillah Gabriel, 765-494-3093, jgabrie@purdue.edu