Join the African-American Read-In celebration with 'America 2015: We The People'

February 05, 2015

ALTOONA, Pa. -- The 26th annual African-American Read-In Chain will be celebrated at Penn State Altoona Feb. 16 with "Monday Marathon,"  an open mic read-in held in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. This year’s theme is "America 2015: We the People." All events are free and open to the public.

From 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., various dance, theatre, musical performances, and readings will take place to celebrate African-American authors and artists: 

  • 9-9:20 a.m.: Reflections in Art – Art Education 303 class
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Introducing Sonia Sanchez: Poet, Activist, VisionaryErika Watkins, English major
  • 10 a.m.-1p.m: Synecdoche Redux A collaborative art installation created by students in ART 366: Themes and Issues II. Based on American artist Byron Kim's seminal work Synecdoche, started in 1991, art students will paint panels of volunteers’ skin tones.
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m: The Black Student Union Presents: We Rise – An original video by Courtney Cousins featuring excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and various African-American poets, followed by a dramatic performance featuring BSU members.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: A Philosophical Gaze Into Darkness: Black Men and The White ImaginaryKeynote Presentation by Alphonso Walter Grant, Penn State University doctoral candidate.
  • 1-1:15 p.m.: Integrative Arts Performance, with dance and percussion.
  • 1:30-1:45 p.m.: Two by Two Penn-Mont preschoolers and elementary education majors present songs from African-American musical traditions.
  • 3:30-3:50 p.m.: Sister Son/Ji -- A staged reading of Sonia Sanchez’s highly acclaimed play.

At 5 p.m., Sonia Sanchez, featured author of the 2015 African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona will give a reading of her works. A book signing will immediately follow the presentation, where some of Sanchez’s books will be available for purchase.

If you’d like to sign up to read, or have questions about the Monday Marathon, contact Robin Reese at

The 2015 African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona events are sponsored by Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, chancellor and dean, with additional support from the Blair County NAACP.

  • African-American Read-In 2015

    Penn State Altoona's 2015 African-American Read-In will take place Feb. 15-16.

    IMAGE: Penn State
Last Updated February 09, 2015