Obama's Bestseller Sparks Discussion

  • Thursday, January 29, 2009

    Dreams From My FatherPRINCESS ANNE, MD - "Dreams From My Father," a story about race and inheritance by President Barack Obama, is the subject of discussion for the Barack Obama Son of Promisseventh annual African American Read-in on Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. in the Henson Center ballroom.

    The book discussion, which is open to the public, is the third and final Read-in event for the month.  Specialists on race/single parenting, education and literature will be on hand to discuss important work done in 1995 by the young lawyer who has recently become the 44th President of the United States.

    On Monday, February 2, Read-in events begin with Super Book Monday II.  UMES students are invited to participate in a 24-hour book marathon of sorts.  Each student is required to read one hour during the 24 hours to have a chance at winning prizes donated by UMES as well as area businesses.  If a student reads for more than an hour, they are eligible to win the grand prize, worth $75.  Food will be provided for students during the overnight hours from 1 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. 

    Child and Family Development Center children and their parents may visit Bryan Collier, illustrator of the children's book "Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope," at the UMES Mosely Gallery on Thursday, February 12.  Nikki Grimes is the author.

    In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English held the first African American Read-in.  Since then, over a million readers all over the United States and abroad have participated.  Annually, readers from all ethnic backgrounds congregate, read and celebrate the many accomplishments of African-American authors.

    For more information about this year's African American Read-in events, visit www.umes.edu/fdl. 

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.