Farai Chideya to Speak on African American Read-In Day

February 4, 2020
By: Kristen O'Reilly

Farai Chideya will speak on the topic “The New Face of Race: What Happens to Equity When We’re All Minorities” as part of African American Read-In Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the May Street auditorium. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs as part of Black History Month, the talk is also the centerpiece of ALANA Preview Day for Worcester public school children.

Chideya is a Harvard University graduate who produced and hosted Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya, a series of political radio specials, for 15 years. A reporter, novelist, and political and cultural analyst, Chideya held the position of distinguished writer in residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

As part of ALANA Preview Day, 140 Worcester public high school students will spend the day touring the campus and learning about various academic programs, as well as taking part in the Read-In presentation.

National Read-In Day began in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English and the Congressional Black Caucus as a way to promote reading, and specifically of African American and Black writers, during the month of February, as known as Black History Month. Events take place in schools, churches, libraries, bookstores and through community and professional organizations to urge literacy as part of the month’s celebratory activities.

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