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African American Read-In

AARI 2024

This year, we celebrate Black History Month by participating in the African American Read-In, created by the National Council of Teachers of English. This event serves to pull out novels, essay collections, poetry, and more by African American writers. 

To participate, stop by the Main Level of the Forrer Learning Commons and read a book aloud with friends or check a title out!

This year, our African American Read-In focuses on the following topics:

  • Rebellious Read-Alouds
  • Romance
  • Student Recommendations
  • Faculty Recommendations
  • Celebrating Frederick Douglass
  • Biographies and Autobigraphies

To suggest a title be added to these lists or another topic, email

Did you participate in the African American Read-In this year? Log your reading at

Rebellious Read-Alouds

Front cover image for Rebellious read alouds : inviting conversations about diversity with children's booksThis selection of books comes from Rebellious Read Alouds: Inviting Conversations About Diversity With Children′s Books by Vera Ahiyya. These titles invite children to spark conversation about race, identity, and social justice.

These titles are those in the collection that focus on the African American experience. To see all titles from the collection, click here.

Romance Novels

Who doesn't love a good romance? Check out these titles that celebrate love and center African American characters and stories.

Student Recommendations

A special thank you to Student Peer Research Consultant, Jadon Goldsmith, for recommending these titles!

Faculty Recommendations

A special thank you to the faculty members that have helped select these titles!

Celebrating Frederick Douglass

February 14th, commonly known as Valentine's Day, is also the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass. Every year, as part of the celebration of Douglass Day, the Library of Congress celebrates the life and correspondence of one of our nation's greatest thinkers and writers.

Resources that celebrate and center Black lives are shared, and there is an annual transcribe-a-thon. This event crowdsources the monumental task of transcribing writer's handwritten artifacts through history in order to make them more accessible. The Frederick Douglass Papers: General Correspondence, 1841 to 1912, will be transcribed this year!

Participate in this year's event from 12-3p on February 14, 2024 by registering here!