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Monmouth University and the West Side Christian Academy (WSCA) will present the 2012 National African American Read-in on Monday, February 6, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Monmouth University’s Student Center, Anacon Hall.

Students, teachers, parents, elected officials, and friends will join the National African American Read-In and read literature written by African-American authors.   The event focuses attention on literacy during Black History Month.

For twelve years, WSCA has participated in the National African American Read-In.  This year over 200 people are expected to participate.


Readings will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Students from West Side Christian Academy, Asbury Park Middle School, and Red Bank Regional High School will read during the event.  In addition, the following elected officials and community leaders will participate:

8:45 a.m.        Introduction and Welcome, Monmouth University Dean Mercy Azeke

9:00 a.m.        Senator Joseph Kyrillos

9:15 a.m.        Reverend Porter Brown

9:30 a.m.        Reverend Sheila Brown

10:00 a.m.      Mayor Pasquale (Pat) Menna (Red Bank)

10:30 a.m.      Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini

11:00 a.m.     Mayor Kevin McMillan (Neptune)

11:15 a.m.     Jeffrey Jackson (Coordinator)

11:35 a.m.     Pastor Mike Chance

11:50 a.m.     Stanley Fils-Aime, District Representative for Rep. Pallone

1:05 p.m.        Mayor Gerald J. Tarantolo (Eatontown)

1:20 p.m.        Assemblyman David Rible

1:30 p.m.        Assistant Dean for Career Services William Hill

1:45 p.m.        Mayor Ed Johnson (Asbury Park)