Harrisonburg hosts first African American Read-in

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- For the first time, the Friendly City took part in the National African American Read-in on Sunday, Feb.26.

The event, sponsored by the Charlottesville alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, celebrates Black History Month and African American literature.

Students read excerpts and sang songs by their favorite African American authors at the Lucy Simms Continuing Education Center.

"It gives the student a face. Here you are, you're a black child, but you can do anything you wanna do. Here are some models for you and you also have the support of a community," Aleta Childs, President of Charlottesville's alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, said.

According to its organizers, the read-in has reached over 5.5 million young people worldwide since its start in 1989.

The chapter hopes to continue hosting events in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and possibly Waynesboro in the years to come.