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SC4 is hosting an African American Literature Read In event

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SC4 is hosting an African American Literature Read In event

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


SC4 Participates in National African American Read-In: Celebrating Literature, Diversity, and Community.

SC4 is hosting an African American Literature Read In event as part of the annual National African American Read-In.  The National Read-In was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.  SC4 is hosting an event on February 24th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre. The event at SC4 is free to all attendees.  The Read-In at SC4 will feature local K-12 student readers sharing from children’s literature by African American authors.  This event aims to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month while celebrating the rich contributions of African American literature to the broader literary landscape.

Highlighting this year’s Read-In will be a dynamic conversation between SC4’s English professor, Chris Hilton, and Chief Diversity Officer Jessica Brown. Together, they will explore the importance of the National Read-In and its role in promoting literacy and cultural understanding.

Professor Hilton brings a wealth of experience to the discussion, with over 20 years of teaching literature. Raised in Wyoming, Professor Hilton’s upbringing instilled in him a deep appreciation for the narrative power of place, history, and identity, which he brings to his academic pursuits.

Throughout his career, Professor Hilton has dedicated himself to studying and teaching American literature, with a particular focus on African American literature. His expertise lies in analyzing the multifaceted narratives of the American experience, emphasizing the historical, cultural, and artistic contributions of African American writers.

Additionally, Professor Hilton has championed children’s literature, recognizing its pivotal role in shaping young minds and fostering a lifelong love for reading and openness.

Professor Hilton’s approach to literature is grounded in a profound understanding of its power to reflect and shape society, engage with complex identities, and bridge diverse experiences.

We are proud to announce the participation of the following schools in this year’s Read-In:

  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Central Middle School
  • Holland Woods Middle School
  • Port Huron High School
  • Marysville High School

We extend a warm invitation to the public, including K-12 students, SC4 students, faculty, staff, and community members, to join us for this inspiring event. The Read-In promises enriching discussions, engaging activities, and a celebration of African American literature’s profound impact on our cultural tapestry.

Join us on Saturday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. at the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre, as we come together to celebrate the beauty and significance of African American literature and promote literacy within our community.

For media inquiries, please contact Chief of Staff, Sarah Rutallie, at



February 24
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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