Gordon Parks Academy visits for National African American Read-In

To close African American History Month, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion partnered with The Office of Engagement, University Libraries and fifth-graders from Gordon Parks Academy Feb. 28 for the National African American Read-In (AARI). The read-in featured the children’s book, “Royalty is Fed Up,” written by local author, Misty Colbert.

The AARI is a grassroots effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. 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.

During the event, the children met Colbert book author and connected with WSU Black and Brown students over lunch. The students also toured the Ablah Library and viewed the Special Collections Library.