Meridian Freedom Project Hosts Saturday Read-In | Local News
The Meridian Freedom Project will hold its third annual African American Reading Saturday at the LEAD Center, 725 Front Street Ext., Suite 850.
Residents are invited to join in the celebration of Black History Month from 10 a.m. to noon by bringing their own book, poem, song, or speech by an African American author to share.
The African American Read-In was launched in 1990 as a national event to celebrate Black History Month, promote diversity in literature, highlight African American authors, and encourage young people to read .
Jerrie Cobb Scott, a member of the National Council of Teachers in English’s Black Caucus, who founded the event, said it was important to highlight diversity in literature because young people needed to see themselves in books .
“‘They need to know that some of the characters are African American, just like some of them,’ he said. “It’s important for all of us to see ourselves in the books because it encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.”
This year’s Read-In theme, “Find Your Voice,” is inspired by Jackson-native bestselling author Angie Thomas’ guided writing journal.
In a press release, MFP said the organization believes Thomas’ books are about why Scott created the national event.
The Third Annual African American Reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments, as well as a chance to win a Meridian Freedom Project t-shirt, will be offered to all attendees.