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SKYCTC Hosts 6th Annual African American Read-In featuring author Mariama Lockington in celebration of Black History Month

Everyone is welcome to join the SKYCTC campus community on Wednesday, February 24th at 12:20 p.m. for the 6th Annual African American Read-In featuring transracial adoptee, author, and educator Mariama J. Lockington. African American Read-Ins highlight the importance of reading and literacy in the on-going struggle for equality. Read-Ins are a celebration of the many genres and types of written texts created by African American authors. 

This year’s featured author, Mariama Lockington, has been telling stories and making her own books since the second grade, when she wore shortalls and flower leggings every day to school. Her debut middle grade novel For Black Girls Like Me (FSG BYR 2019) is an ALA Notable Middle Grade Book, a Booklist Editors Choice title, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard title, a Project LIT Book Club 2019-2020 selection, and has earned five starred reviews from Shelf Awareness, Publisher’s Weekly, BookPage, School Library Journal, and Booklist. Mariama's second middle grade novel In the Key Of Us (FSG BYR) will be out in 2022 and her debut YA novel Forever is Now (FSG BYR) is also forthcoming. Mariama calls many places home, but currently lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky with her partner and her little sausage dog, Henry. You can find her on Twitter @marilock and on Instagram @forblackgirlslikeme.

The event will be held via Microsoft Teams. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to share poems or short passages from their favorite African American authors. Fill out this form to sign up. Readers can also volunteer during the open session of the event. This event is sponsored by the SKYCTC Diversity Committee. For more information, contact Associate Professor Leah Wendt at leah.wendt@kctcs.edu or 270-901-1191. 

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