African-American Read-In

The 2021 National African American Read-In (AARI) begins on February 1. AARI 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 (NCTE) to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Although most participants won’t be able to gather in person to celebrate, NCTE encourages schools, libraries, bookstores, and community and professional organizations to host virtual events for this year’s AARI. The AARI toolkit contains several resources for getting started. With many AARI events moving online, this year’s virtual celebration will transcend geographic boundaries. Visit the AARI map to find events across the United States.

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