African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona

African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona Annual two-day celebration of literacy and African American literature and culture.

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Mark your calendar! The African American Read-In will be celebrated at Penn State Altoona on February 13th and 14th, 202...
11/24/2021

Mark your calendar! The African American Read-In will be celebrated at Penn State Altoona on February 13th and 14th, 2022. Visit https://sites.psu.edu/aareadin/ for details!

Mark your calendar! The African American Read-In will be celebrated at Penn State Altoona on February 13th and 14th, 2022. Visit https://sites.psu.edu/aareadin/ for details!

Potential books for the 2022 African American Read-In. The authors home countries are Cameroon, Ghana, Rwandan and Niger...
11/04/2021
6 African Authors You Should Definitely Get to Know

Potential books for the 2022 African American Read-In. The authors home countries are Cameroon, Ghana, Rwandan and Nigeria. Thanks to "Sisters from AARP" for this list.

Some, like best-selling scribes Yaa Gyasi and Luvvie Ajayi Jones, are already book club favorites. Others are voices you’ll be happy you discovered. Trust us.

05/31/2021

If you can, please attend. If you cannot attend, but are interested in making the 2022 African American Heritage Festival in Altoona a reality, please contact me or Pa'je Lightner to inform us of your interest. Also make other people aware of this upcoming meeting.

NAACP turns to Holsey
05/30/2021
NAACP turns to Holsey

NAACP turns to Holsey

After Blair County NAACP President Don Witherspoon died in December at 77, many in the community recalled how his deep experience and broad circle of acquaintances helped him promote and protect the interests of Black people in the area. Branch members voted Wednesday to elevate someone less than on...

Did you miss the African American Read-In Monday Marathon on Feb. 22? No worries--you can watch the whole thing right he...
03/03/2021
Monday Marathon

Did you miss the African American Read-In Monday Marathon on Feb. 22? No worries--you can watch the whole thing right here! Enjoy! (This time the video works ::)
https://youtu.be/wBarqtrK7nM

African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona "Monday Marathon" virtual event held place on Monday, February 22, 2021.

https://cinemapolis.org/film/toni-morrison-at-90-free-screening-of-the-pieces-i-am/?fbclid=IwAR0g9SfOmfQoPaMi9sQ8JYfv7fv...
02/14/2021
TONI MORRISON AT 90: FREE SCREENING OF THE PIECES I AM - Cinemapolis

https://cinemapolis.org/film/toni-morrison-at-90-free-screening-of-the-pieces-i-am/?fbclid=IwAR0g9SfOmfQoPaMi9sQ8JYfv7fvMxAOntUW4faoWttU_-_q-YmQX97-JkRg

VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS FROM 2/15 – 2/20 FREE w/ discount code: Morrisonat90 What is virtual cinema? Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences will continue its celebration of the life of Toni Morrison with a slate of activities this spring, including a “Toni Morrison at 90” colloquium to ...

Penn State Altoona’s African American Read-In goes virtual
02/12/2021
Penn State Altoona’s African American Read-In goes virtual

Penn State Altoona’s African American Read-In goes virtual

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Harriett Gaston, academic advisor at Penn State Altoona, joined the show to discuss this year’s African American Read-In. The read-in brings people together to rea…

Brandon Leake was the first poet to win American's Got Talent program in 2020.
02/07/2021
I Remember - Brandon Leake

Brandon Leake was the first poet to win American's Got Talent program in 2020.

"I Remember" by Award Winning Spoken Word Poet, Brandon Leake, is a poem featured in his recently released book entitled "B-Sides". This book is a collection...

02/04/2021
Amanda Gorman performs “Old Jim Crow Got to Go”

Amanda Gorman performs “Old Jim Crow Got to Go”

Before Amanda Gorman made history as the youngest poet to speak at a presidential inauguration, the National Museum of African American History and Culture featured her in our third annual Women’s E3 Summit last September. You too can listen to Amanda as she recites her powerful poem “Old Jim Cr...

We will miss her.
02/04/2021
‘Miss Virginia’ was a positive force

We will miss her.

A long-time advocate for women, Virginia Day of Altoona, is being remembered for her faith and community involvement. Day, 76, died Jan. 27 after an illness, according to the Rev. Keith Moore, pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where Day was a life member. “She was a very private pers...

https://news.psu.edu/story/645781/2021/01/28/campus-life/penn-state-campuses-offer-events-honor-black-history-month?utm_...
01/29/2021
Penn State campuses offer events in honor of Black History Month | Penn State University

https://news.psu.edu/story/645781/2021/01/28/campus-life/penn-state-campuses-offer-events-honor-black-history-month?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_term=645764_HTML&utm_content=01-28-2021-21-57&utm_campaign=Penn%20State%20Today

Penn State student organizations and units at campuses across the commonwealth will be holding events in honor of Black History Month. Here’s a look at some of the events taking place at the University’s campuses during the month of February.

Kwame Alexander reads "The Undefeated".
01/28/2021
Kwame Alexander reads The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander reads "The Undefeated".

Watch the fantastic Kwame Alexander read aloud from his book The Undefeated, which remembers unforgettable, unafraid and unbowed, famous and overlooked figur...

01/26/2021

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS NOW REQUIRED TO JOIN OUR SUNDAY PROGRAM ON ZOOM. Please spread the word, and visit our website to RSVP. We look forward to seeing everyone (even though this year it’s “byo” lasagna 🥘).

Friend reflects on local NAACP leader's life, legacy
01/05/2021
Friend reflects on local NAACP leader's life, legacy

Friend reflects on local NAACP leader's life, legacy

ALTOONA, Pa. (WJAC) -- Those who knew longtime Blair County NAACP President Donald Witherspoon remember his quiet confidence and constant desire to bring people together. “He was a unifier,” said Joe Dodson, Mayor of Hollidaysburg. “He wasn’t a divider, he was a unifier. &rdq...

African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona's cover photo
01/05/2021

African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona's cover photo

A world reimagined, Afro-surrealist films for surrealist times
07/10/2020
A world reimagined, Afro-surrealist films for surrealist times

A world reimagined, Afro-surrealist films for surrealist times

Alex Smith responds to these surreal times by highlighting Black filmmakers and their Afro-surrealist TV shows, documentaries, and films, available now on various streaming platforms.

WPSU Penn State
06/19/2020
WPSU Penn State

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Black-Owned Bookstores to Support Now
06/04/2020
Black-Owned Bookstores to Support Now

Black-Owned Bookstores to Support Now

Activists across the United States are encouraging book lovers who want to show support for the ongoing protests against police violence to buy books from black-owned and African-American focused bookstores.

06/01/2020
Charlotte Abotsi - "Mad Libs: Black Death Edition"

The AARI believes in the transformative power of language, literature, art, poetry. Whether it moves us to action or to insight that can inform actions, words that speak truth light the way.

Here's one from Charlotte Abotsi, as relevant now as it was when she performed it 4 years ago, as it was before she was born. May it one day be history, the painful past, and no longer our ongoing present.

https://youtu.be/ppOKhHFHGBQ

Subscribe to Button! New video daily: http://bit.ly/buttonpoetry If you loved this poem, check out Crystal Valentine: http://bit.ly/1JO7Kvd Performing at the...

04/22/2020
Evie Shockley for Art for Justice

In anticipation of the 2020-21 AARI theme of POETRY, and to help us all through these weeks of social distancing, we will be sharing here on our FB page some of the poets and poetry we will be studying and celebrating next year.

Here is Evie Shockley (AARI at PSU-A Featured Author 2015) reading "Corrections" as part of the Art for Justice project, a three-year initiative in which poets write about the impacts of mass incarceration in the United States:
https://youtu.be/RlG9EVC3iQI

Poet Evie Shockley reads a poem as part of the Art for Justice project, a three-year initiative in which poets write about the impacts of mass incarceration ...

04/20/2020
Ross Gay - "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude"

In anticipation of the 2020-21 AARI theme of POETRY, and to help us all through these weeks of social distancing, we will be sharing here on our FB page some of the poets and poetry we will be studying and celebrating next year.

Here is Ross Gay (AARI at PSU-A Featured Author 2013) reading his poem "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude." It may just be the poem we need right now ... and always. It's long. Stay with it, listen to the end, watch it again, share, repeat.
https://youtu.be/uURnrX_-v6o

Ross Gay reads "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016: Poems of Provocation & Witness, April 15, 2016 at the National Geogr...

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