Monthly Archives: February 2015

African American Read-In Held in IRC

Blogging live from the African American Read-In, which is being held in the IRC from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

065IMSA Principal, Branson Lawrence, Ph. D., welcomed everyone and read a poem before turning the floor over to Adam Kotlarczyk, Ph.D., a teacher at IMSA who spoke about the history of African American writers and the challenges they faced to get their writing published.

066Mama SheShe, a mother of an IMSA student, the student’s sister and the student’s “community sister”, danced and sang their way into the circle.

069The three women sang, drummed and danced. The first song they performed, as they danced their way into the circle, was a tribute to the ancestors, then the women danced two celebration dances.

071After they performed, Mama SheShe explained the dances and said that the celebration dances were used in weddings and naming ceremonies.

Attendees were then invited to read from African American literature, and the first reader, a student, chose a poem by Langston Hughes, “Dreams,” as her selection. Students and faculty members read for the crowd.


Poet Walkin Contradiction, who travels the country exposing people to poetry and inspiring others to realize their purpose and potential, strode into the circle and performed his first poem which touched on many current events.

061 (2)Walkin Contradiction started a call and response of “Please stop the violence,” which the crowd participated in, softly at first and then with more verve and confidence.

062 (2)Soul food okra, fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and cookies were served to all who attended.

059 The African American Read In was organized by the President’s Office, Peer Mulicultural Educators, the English Department and the IRC.

Celebrating Black History Month in the IRC

In honor of Black History Month, several displays have been set up in the IRC. All of the resources in the displays can be checked out.


If you enter on the east side of the library, near the Reference Desk, you’ll find a table full of books that Huffington Post has recommended every black person should read. The titles on display are the titles available in the IRC from the list of 50 titles on Huffington Post.




Also on that side of the library is the Black History Month display, which also has many books available for check out.






The third display is near the Circulation Desk and it is tied into the “African American Read In” that will be held in the IRC on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from noon until 12:45 p.m. Food will be served as people read their favorite passages from the books on display.