African American Read-In Schedule

African American Read-In

February 20th, 2014: 5 – 6:30 pm

Readers and Selections

Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1928 / The Prodigal Son, 1927

Readers: Reverend Mischelle Townsend  / Saint Paul’s Baptist Church and Reverend Macio Freeman / Saint Paul’s Baptist Church

Selections:  We Wear the Masks and The Prodigal Son


Christ and His Disciples on the Sea of Galilee, ca. 1910

Readers : Dr. Lakiesha Cooke / Saint Paul’s Baptist Church and Jenny Gafford / Saint Paul’s Baptist Church

Selections: Portions of Martin Luther King’s Letters from a Birmingham Jail

Community Power Figure, 19th Century

Readers:  Lorna Pinckney / Verses Tuesdays / CEO Upsdie Marketing

Selections: Nikki Giovanni Ego Tripping and Excerpts from The Souls of Black Folk 

Marian Anderson, 1965

Readers : Lux Aghomo  / John B. Cary Elementary School  and Spencer Dobbins / John B. Cary Elementary School

Selections: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Resignation from the Daughters of the American Revolution and Oprah Winfrey, Excerpts from 2013 Harvard Commencement Address

Alexander Spotswood Payne and His Brother, John Robert Dandridge Payne with Their Nurse, 1790 – 1800

Readers:  Vadeja Archer / Virginia Union University and Dionne Greenhill / Virginia Union University

Selections: Y.B. Taylor’s “Perhaps,” from Out of Bounds in an InBound World and

Excerpts from Benjamin Banneker’s Letter to Thomas Jefferson

Statue of Senkamanisken, King of Kush, Late Period , 643-623 B.C.

Readers: Dionna Wright /Church Hill Academy and Chris Wilson /Church Hill Academy

Selections: Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks of Rivers and Barak Obama’s 2004 DNC Keynote Address


Sisters (Susan and Toni), 1977

Reader: Maya Smart / Acclaimed Author and Writer

Selections: Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise and For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf By Ntozake Shange

Untitled, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 (In Signs of Protest)

Reader: Sarah Eckhardt / VMFA

Selection: Writings from Gordon Parks