College hosts read-in for Black History Month

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One local college campus is celebrating Black History Month by giving voice to written words. 

Texas A&M University – Texarkana hosted a special read-in event today. Students and staff were invited to read aloud excerpts of works written by African-American authors to generate a greater cultural understanding. 

“For people to hear these messages, in this medium, it’s really good, it’s really good,” said Imari Flowers, a student. “I feel like it’s great for our campus.”
 
Students like Flowers shared stories written by African-American authors with students on-campus. 
 
“In reading the poems, reading the stories, they’re actually sewing the seeds of human history,” said Brian L. Matthews, an assistant professor in the College of Business, Engineering & Technology.
 
The read-in gives a voice to the writings of noted authors. 
 
“It illustrates the extent to which students of color are perhaps closeted or sort of marginalized on campus and it really sort of refocuses that gaze toward the contributions of African-American people,” said Jaime Cantrell, an assistant professor of English. 
 
Bringing Black History to a diverse audience of all backgrounds and nationalities. 
 
“Give them an idea of what it’s like to live and survive in America, but then also give them a future projection as to how to be better humans in society,” said Matthews. 
 
“For me and being an African-American male, this is my culture, this is my history, but it’s everyone’s history, this is American history in general,” said Flowers. 
 
This is the third year for the read-in at the campus. It’s a part of a nationwide event for Black History Month. Organizers say it’s reached more than six million participants. 

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