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Nsoroma observes 31st Annual Black Reading Month

DETROIT — Nsoroma Institute will celebrate the 31st anniversary of Black Reading Month with a Literary Fair and Open House Sept. 26. The free event includes storytelling, poetry, presentations and vendors. There will also be a school tour, for anyone considering enrollment.

Malik Yakini, then co-owner of New Directions, a distributor of Black-conscious publications, and David Rambeau, founder of Black Awareness in Television, started Black Reading Month in 1981. Their goal was to promote books by and about people of African descent, as well as magazines, journals, and newspapers. September was chosen because it was traditionally the peak buying month for students purchasing back-to-school books.

Black Reading Month is still observed in Detroit by African-centered institutions, Nsoroma Institute, Aisha Shule/Web Dubois Preparatory Academy and Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology.

The event will be held from 4:15-5:45 p.m. at Nsoroma Institute, 20045 Joann, Detroit. For more information, call 313.521.0400.

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