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Voices Of Diversity: African American Read In

CEDAR FALLS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) On Thursday more than 500 first grade students from Waterloo schools took part in the University of Northern Iowas 8th annual African-American Read-In.

The event included celebrity readers Kadir Nelson who has received many awards and honors for his childrens books and Nothando Zulu who is a performing artist, master storyteller and multi-cultural specialist.

It is very important for these children to realize as a part of our history that there are African Americans in books, that there are African Americans that illustrate books as well as write them. So many times they are not known because they are left out of the books, Gloria Kirkland Holmes, the Event Coordinator for the African American Read In said.

Children listened to stories that included African Americans and participated in breakout sessions that highlighted African American cultural activities. They also learned about the importance of health and movement with assistance from United Healthcare.

So we are hoping that in the schools that they will also integrate literacy, movement and cultural activities for children all over Iowa, Kirkland Holmes said.

The event kicked off a series of activities. On Friday, UNI is set to host the Conference on African American Children and Families.


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