All are invited to participate in a celebration of African American artists, performers and writers at Piedmont Arts’ annual African American Read-In and Family Day on Saturday, February 19, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Held in conjunction with the National African American Read-In 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, the National Read-In and related events have reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust, the free event will feature a performance by Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc., drumming workshops, story time, crafts and a public read-aloud. The Martinsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will also host a book drive at the event. Guests may bring new or gently used books to donate to local preschools. Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – West African-inspired beaded jewelry craft, coloring pages and more
12 – 1 p.m. – Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc. will perform West African dance and drumming workshops
1 – 2 p.m. – Public read-aloud
Throughout February, Piedmont Arts is celebrating Black History Month with free exhibits, events and educational programs. To learn more about Piedmont Arts’ Black History Month events, visit PiedmontArts.org.
Piedmont Arts is located at 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville.