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For immediate release Monday, January 25, 2021
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 572-1359
E-mail: roy.williams@cobpl.org

BPL to Host Read-In for Justice 2021 Black History Month Program on February 20
By Gelenda Gorman, Central Library Youth Department

Birmingham, Ala.
– The Birmingham Public Library’s Read-In for Justice will return in February by celebrating the theme of Black History Month: “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”

Join us virtually, via BPL Facebook Live, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

This virtual program, entitled “Read-In for Justice: A poetic Look at the Black Family,” will embark upon a poetic journey that will highlight and celebrate the beauty and richness of the African-American family and its heritage. Readers representing multiple generations will lend their voices to works written by African American poets, past and present, as well as themselves.

The program is funded by a grant BPL received in the fall 2020 from “Lift Every Voice: The Nationwide Celebration of 250 Years of African American Poetry”. This award allowed BPL to host two virtual programs, Read-In for Justice (10 a.m. Saturday, February 20) and Bards & Brews (6 p.m. Friday, February 5).

Click here for details https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/bpl-to-host-read-in-for-justice-black.html

Lift Every Voice (https://www.africanamericanpoetry.org) is a national public humanities initiative that engages participants in a multifaceted exploration of African American poetry, the perspectives it offers on American history and the struggle for racial justice, and the universality of its imaginative response to the personal experiences of Black Americans over three centuries.

About Read-In for Justice
BPL created Read-In for Justice in June 2020 in response to the racial injustice firestorm caused by the death of George Floyd. Held four times between June 27 and September 12, 2020, Read-In for Justice allows Birmingham area storytellers to voice their frustration by reading books written by people of color. This monthly event has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook, attracting individuals of all races eager to speak out against racism.

Read-In for Justice also gained national exposure when the Urban Libraries Council ran a blog written by Gelenda Norman in August 2020. Click here https://www.urbanlibraries.org/blog/birminghams-read-in-for-justice?fbclid=IwAR2pysP1Nq2o-7jeVkqMA-nTROhWzODknzl5rkw8PcTl6DMDDXK_mzP5iSI

Hosted via Facebook Live by BPL Outreach Librarian Candice Hardy, Read-In for Justice has expanded beyond authors reading books on race and social justice. The August program, Let the Children Speak, featured three poetry camp teens sharing original poems inspired by the Birmingham civil rights documentary, “Mighty Times: The Children’s March.” In September, BPL hosted Read In for Justice: Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring books written by Latino authors, including some read in Spanish.

To get an idea of what to expect at Read-In for Justice, click on the links below to four programs that aired last year on the BPL Facebook page:
Link to Read in for Justice June 27, 2020 -2,700 views, 130 comments
https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamPublicLibrary/videos/582911772598387
Link to Read in for Justice: July 11, 2020, 1,900 views
https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamPublicLibrary/videos/1388603744684229
Link to Read in for Justice: Let the Children Speak August 8, 2020, 871 views
https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamPublicLibrary/videos/733853867188299
Link to Read in for Justice: Hispanic Heritage Month, September 12, 2020, 726 views
https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamPublicLibrary/videos/680948059185616

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BPL
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at www.cobpl.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 18 locations and serving the community for over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in
the Southeast.
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