African-American writers material read at open mic

Sinclair student, Christian Schlorman reads "Grandfather" by Michael S. Harper

Sinclair student, Christian Schlorman reads "Grandfather" by Michael S. Harper at the African-American Read In Chain that was held in the Library Loggia.

Professors and students were celebrating African-American writing on Feb. 1 in the Library Loggia by . The event was coordinated by Professors Furaha Henry-Jones and William Loudermilk and was held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event was informal and students and professors were encouraged to read aloud different works by African-American writers. There was a table set up with books and poems by African-American authors including, Nikki Giovanni, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and James Baldwin, to name a few. “About 35 to 40” people attended the event, according to Henry-Jones and Loudermilk. A majority the audience read the material available.

“We had a good representation of faculty and students,” Henry-Jones said.

Henry-Jones, who is African-American, said that African-American writing is important to her.

“It’s intimately intertwined with who I am as a person,” Henry-Jones said.

Henry-Jones hopes that next year’s event can exceed this year’s turnout.

“I’d love to see a hundred people next year with books in hand saying ‘Ooh ooh, can I read?'” Henry-Jones said.

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