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Boardman celebrates Black History Month



Published: Sat, March 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Vernest Hildreth, a third-grade student at Kirkmere Elementary School, reads an excerpt from "The Worst Day Ever," a story by Bill Cosby.

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Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Local children's book author Martha Bruce and children's book illustrator Ode' Aduma perform a mock dialogue between black leaders Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois at the Boardman Barnes & Noble on Feb. 21.

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Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Deja Gissendanner, a fourth-grade student at Kirkmere Elementary School, reads an excerpt from "Through My Eyes" by Ruby Bridges at the African American Read-In in Boardman on Feb. 21. The Read-In was hosted in honor of February's Black History Month.

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Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Mayor Jay Williams gives a reading of "The Weary Blues," a poem by Langston Hughes, at the third annual African American Read-In at Barnes & Noble in Boardman on Feb. 21. The Read-In was hosted by Youngstown City Schools.

By Grace Wyler

Families from Boardman and Youngstown gathered for the African American Read-In at Barnes and Noble Feb. 21. The read-in, which was given in honor of Black History Month.

The event featured readings from prominent members of the area’s literary community, including David Lee Morgan Jr., an author and Martha Bruce, a children’s book author who writes about African American heritage and culture.

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams also spoke at the event, and read Langston Hughes’ famous poem “The Weary Blues.”

Students from Warren G. Harding, Kirkmere, Taft and Williamson Elementary Schools also read a selection of poems and stories by various African-American authors.

Students from the Alpha H.A.W.K.S., a leadership group at the Alpha School of Excellence, handed out door prizes.


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