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MDC North to Host Author R. Dwayne Betts, 500 Students for African American Read-In


MDC North to Host Author R. Dwayne Betts, 500 Students for African American Read-In

Miami, February 1, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus and The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC continue efforts to promote literacy, and will host the 24th National African American Read-In, at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the North Campus. Joining one million readers nationwide, approximately 500 college, middle and high school students will fill the Campus’ Lehman Theatre and engage with author and keynote speaker, R. Dwayne Betts.

“Reading is a cornerstone of learning, and North Campus is proud to present its African American Read-In as a permanent and active link in a national chain that enriches students,” says North Campus president Dr. José A. Vicente.

The Read-In is an annual event that pays homage to African-American writers and their contributions to reading, literature and literacy. The goal is to make the celebration of African-American literature a lifelong tradition. The nationwide initiative is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

This year’s featured book is Betts’ Question of Freedom. A Question of Freedom chronicles Betts’ years in prison, as he reflects on the circumstances and makes a decision about how a “moment of insanity” would—or would not--define him. This book is about a quest for identity, one that guarantees a young man’s survival in a hostile environment. In 2011, Betts was awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and continues to share his story of empowerment and resilience all over the nation.

Faculty, school administrators and corporate and community leaders will also take part in the reading action. The Read-In will be streamed live via the web at to encourage participation from those not able to attend the event in person. 

The Read-In is one many events organized by MDC in honor of Black History Month. For a complete list of MDC’s Black History events by campus, visit        

MDC North Campus Hosts the 24th National African American Read-In

  • WHEN: Monday, Feb. 4, 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus - Lehman Theatre 11380 NW 27 Ave. (Building 5)

For more information about this event, please contact Professor Jaime Anzalotta at 305-237-8111.

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