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Works of black writers to be read in celebration of Black History Month

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For immediate release – 2/20/12
Contact: Assistant Professor of English, Michael Perry, 815-226-4098
Director of Communications: Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., — Students, faculty and staff at Rockford College will participate in the 3rd Annual Read Aloud of Black American Voices, Reading the Blues in celebration of Black History Month, February 22, 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. in the college’s Howard Colman Library, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Sponsored by the Rockford College English department, the event will feature readings from the Black American artists that include selections of poetry, prose and lyrics. Works featured will include pieces by Rita Dove, Cornelius Eady, Lil’ Son Jackson, Gloria Naylor, August Wilson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Alice Walker, among others. The event is free and open to the public.

Kicking off the event is Sheryl Head, wife of college president Robert L. Head, who will also be reading. Altogether, some 20 readers are expected to participate.

Coffee and cookies will be served. For more information, contact Prof. Michael Perry at

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