February is Black History month nationwide and Texas A&M University-Kingsville has an array of activities taking place during the annual celebration.
TAMUK opened its observance with the Twenty-Eighth National African American Read-In, with more than 40 students meeting at the Pavilion to read a portion of a book, poem or a song. The students were asked to read any article of interest from any African American Writers.
The event took place under the supervision of the National Council of Teachers of English, who provide the guidelines and responsibilities for schools, churches, libraries and bookstores to host the Read-In annually since 1990.
Readings are held nationwide and people can read any poem, book or song to celebrate African American Literacy.
Dr. Bryan Christopher Hinojosa, an English lecturer, was in charge of this years African American Read-In on campus, now in it’s 21st installment.
“This event is designed to spread awareness of literature that binds the African American experience,” he said.
The readings drew attention from some students and faculty, as several stopped to listen while they were walking through the corridor between the Biology Earth Science Building and the Memorial Student Union Building.
The event dedicated five hours of reading on campus.
Andrea Martinez, an English major, read “Faith Hasn’t Got No Eyes” form Zara Neale Hurston during her part in the event.
The poem is about a person who feels discrimination first hand, but goes on to explain that eyes do not see discrimination; they only see faith.
Martinez commented, “I always participate in this event, so I am here giving support and helping with my readings and adding to the understanding.”
Irving Avalos, an Architectural Engineering student, believed the event was a great way to share culture on campus through reading. “[It is a] good idea because it shows us the interest of other ethnic groups and makes us remember acts of the past.”