Rho Tau Omega holds 17th ‘African American Read-In’

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 09:46 AM

The Rho Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently sponsored its 17th African American Read-In in the fellowship hall of Snow Hill Baptist Church.

Approximately 100 attended the event to listen to readings from poems, books and commentaries written by major African American literary figures.

Many of the readings were provided by students from Warren County schools and the Henderson Collegiate Charter School. Students providing readings included Brittany Davis, Darauna Davis, Quentin Davis, Chakelah Goode, Laniyah Hargrove, Jessica Harris, Emmani Ramos, Makayla Simmons, Makiya Simmons and Nadia Simmons.

Warren County poets Juanita Hawkins Green and Andrea Parham-Shannon read from their original poetry collections.

The noted author for the event was E. Jane Ball-Groom of Soul City. Ball-Groom’s works include “The Salad Pickers Journey South,” “And Yet Another Day,” “Journey of My Soul” and “When the Rainbow Is Gray.”

Books written by African American authors were on loan at the event from the Warren County Memorial Library, as well as those published by guest poets and authors.

Frances M. Robertson, chapter president, gave the welcoming. Kendra Davis presented certificates to the program participants. Carolyn Spain, chapter vice president, served as mistress of ceremonies.

At the close of the event, refreshments were served, with a blessing provided by Dr. A.F. Horton, pastor of the church.