MDC North Campus to Kick Off Black History Month with African American Read-In

Miami, Jan. 31, 2024 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will kick off Black History Month with the highly anticipated National African American Read-In, featuring a captivating conversation with Montgomery County Councilman and published author Will Jawando at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5. Presented in collaboration with the International Reading Association, Student Life, English and Communications and Miami Book Fair, the annual event brings together over 1 million readers nationwide celebrate the rich tapestry of African American literature. This event is free and open to the public.

Jawando is an attorney, activist, community leader and author of My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole.  He tells an affirmative story of hope and respect for men of color as he looks back on the relationships with the mentors that enabled him to thrive.

“The African American Read-In is a cherished tradition at MDC North Campus. It provides a unique opportunity for our community to come together, celebrate the richness of African American literature and engage in meaningful conversations,” said North Campus President Fermin Vazquez. “Will Jawando’s presence and his inspiring memoir will greatly contribute to the legacy of this annual tradition.”

The National African American Read-In is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was 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. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

WHAT:            18th National African American Read-In

WHEN:            Monday, Feb. 5, 10 – 11 a.m.

WHERE:          North Campus, Lehman Theater (Building 5000)

11380 N.W. 27 Ave.

For more information about this event, please call Student Life at 305-237-1250.