by Trinity Littleton
Judson College students gathered on Tuesday, February 18, to celebrate Black History Month by taking part in the National African-American Read-In. This event took place in the Ramsay-McCrummen Chapel in Jewett Hall at 7 p.m. The Humanities and Fine Arts Division hosted this 9th annual read-in to celebrate literature and achievements by African American authors. Audri Thicklin, Lashundra Walker, Breanna Weaver and Camry Sturdivant are students who participated by reading a variety of excerpts alongside some of our campus professors. Students were able to hear pieces from Deborah Roberts, Maya Angelou, Phillis Wheatley, William Apess and many others. The Judson Singers performed two pieces directed by Dr. Spafford featuring Miriam Nicholson on percussion and piano. Bama Porter, Kenzie Parker, Marissa McNamara and Grace Abbott performed “The Creation” by James Weldon Johnson, directed by Dr. Billie Jean Young.
Dr. Parham shared that the African-American Read-In only involved readings until 2015, when the Humanities and Fine Arts Division requested adding music and performances to celebrate other widely known African-Americans as well. This annual event provides exposure to other cultures and values; it is an amazing opportunity and Judson College cannot wait to celebrate with you next year at the 10th annual African-American Read-in!