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Read-in focuses on literacy, community

By Caroline Goins
and Arlene Austin
Staff Writers

Photo courtesy of The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs
Cynthia Redfearn, left, introduces the discussion panel for Bill Cosby’s new book, “Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.” The discussion was part of the National African American Read-in Campaign organized by the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, the Friends for the Library and the Center for Leadership and Service’s First Book.

Twenty-six preschool children from Shining Star Daycare gathered in the Office of Multicultural and Minority affairs at 10 a.m on Feb. 4 for the 19th National African American Read-in Literacy Campaign.

In celebration of Black History Month, the children listened to stories written by African American writers. Children’s hour SGA Vice President Hannah Simpson, read “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.

The children chimed-in with excitement to finish the story before Simpson could read the last few pages. Robert L. Canida II, director of The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, encouraged the children to go to college and be leaders, using Simpson as an example.

The children chimed in with some of their younger memories when Lucille Locklear of New Century Bank read “Please Baby Please” by Spike Lee. Government Documents/Development Librarian Karen Fritts and Executive Assistant Gwendolyn Locklear sang the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and illustrated the song with a story board.

Fritts read and acted out “Max Found Two Sticks” by Brain Pinkey.

The children were given a book of their choice, coloring sheets of the book subjects and a candy treat. The students sang “Five Little Monkeys” as a thank you for being invited to participate.

Dr. Elinor Foster, dean of Library Services, welcomed the students to campus.

Also in attendance were Library Assistant in Media Cataloging Nickie Blanton, Electronic Resources/Media Catalog Librarian Anne Coleman, and Miss UNCP Jamie Hunt.

Bill Cosby’s words
On Feb.4 at 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Faculty Lounge, UNCP held a read-in panel book discussion on Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint’s co-written book, “Come On People: On t­he Path from Victims to Victors” led by Associate Director for Residence Life Cynthia Redfearn.

Ideas Many topics were discussed at the panel such as:
• Ways to improve the African-American communities that are less privileged
• Ways to nurture and teach young children,
• How to prevent violence
• Important health issues that need to be addressed by African-American families. “This book by Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint is a very encouraging book to help not only African-American citizens but all and every individual in America,” said sophomore DaMonique Coley,

“This book helps to re-emphasize values and morals that were once told by our elders. This book opens your eyes about today’s society and life in general and how we need to change,” she added.

Many of the issues in Cosby’s and Dr. Poussaint’s book can easily be viewed as African-American issues alone. However, the issues which Cosby and Dr. Poussaint are addressing are community and countrywide problems. The events were sponsored by The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, The Friends of the Library and the Center for Leadership and Service’s First Book.

The book is for all individuals from many different backgrounds. It allows many to appreciate different views other than their own.

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