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4th Annual Middle School African American Read-In
by Mychal Johnson, Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion

On Thursday, February 24, the Middle School hosted its 4th annual Middle School African American Read-In. The African American Read-In is connected to a national event that has taken place since 1990. It was established by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to promote literacy and celebrate Black History during February. 


This year, we hosted 15 readers that are connected in different ways within the Brentwood School community. Brentwood employees, parents, and alumni were all present to read and share about their professional and life experiences. It was an excellent way for our students to interact with individuals of African descent within the Brentwood community to celebrate Black History Month.


The Read-In started with the entire Middle school community in the Middle School Theater for just the third time in over two years. We kicked off the event with a story and musical presentation of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” performed by mother-son duo Donovon S. ’22 and Dr. Trina Moore-Southall. Often referred to as the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" has served as a unifier, galvanizer, and source of strength for African Americans since the start the 20th Century. 


The readers were introduced to the entire community and then went into smaller groups to share and discuss a piece of literature focused on stories of celebration, honor, and triumph within the African American experience. After sharing, the students were able to ask questions about their guest reader's life, family, educational, and professional experience. To conclude the event and celebrate African American culture, students could partake in sweet potato pies graciously provided by the Black Family Association.

On Monday, February 28, to culminate a wonderful Black History Month on the East Campus, we will have a Soul Food offering in our cafeterias for all East Campus students. Students are encouraged to wear attire that highlights or celebrates Black expression (artist, musicians, poets, etc.), Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or attire that shows an appreciation of Black culture. 

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