Meridian Freedom Project holds African American Read-In

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- The Meridian Freedom Project held its first African American Read-In.

At Cafe 35 in Meridian, community members celebrated Black History Month by choosing a passage from their favorite book, poem, song, or speech by African American authors. The goal is to promote young people to read, increase diversity in children’s literature, and to shine a spotlight on African American authors.

"It's an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate literacy in the black community. Share works of art from poets, songwriters, and authors of color, " says Terrance Roberts, director of literacy for the Meridian Freedom Project.

"It lets others see the wealth and richness that black literature writers offer us. regardless of our color," says Craig Wilkes, Participant.

The Native African American read-in has been going on since 1990. Organizers say they look forward to celebrating this tradition again next year.