African-American Read-in February 10

The LPS Youth Development Team invites you to explore literature contributions of African-Americans at the annual African-American Read-In February 10, Noon to 1:00 p.m. This Read-In will be held in the Board Room of the Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 “O” Street. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

Music and reading by community stakeholders will explore African-American history and the rich history, role, and contributions of African-Americans in the world of literature and arts.

Readers and performers on February 10, include: Welcome provided by Mary Reiman, LPS Director of Media Services; Master of Ceremonies William Bryant, LPS Student Advocate for the African-American Community; playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Oriana Hawley, Lux Middle School scholar; Lameakia Collier, Executive Assistant Governmental Relations & Multicultural Office, Lincoln Public Schools; Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Yano Jones, Assistant Principal, Schoo Middle School – Lincoln Public Schools; Brandon Bradley, Head Wrestling Coach & Assistant to the Athletic Director, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Jasmine Cincore, Scholar-Athlete (basketball) University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Taylor Bishop, Reporter, 10/11 KOLN/KGIN; Shanna Letcher, LPS Student Advocate for the African-American Community and a performance of “Let Your Light Shine” by the Belmont TRACKS Empowerment scholars of Belmont Elementary School. The Read-In represents ongoing collaborations between LPS and LCL. The National Council for the Teachers of English hosts the National African American Read-In. This national literacy initiative kicks off during Black History Month. The purpose of the read-in is to share the unique experiences found in African-American literature with students from pre-K to adult.

An additional African-American Read-In will be held on February 21, 2016, Noon-1:00 p.m., at the Loren Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St., Lincoln, NE 68521. Readers and performers will include community stakeholders from business, city/state, athletics, scholars, and more. No reservations are required. More information is available by calling 402.436.1974, email at, or at

Published: February 6, 2017, Updated: February 6, 2017