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Upcoming Events

all american boys

We have two upcoming events that we are very excited about and we hope you are making plans to join us! First, on February 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., The Center will be hosting the second meeting of our month YA Reads bookclub.  The club meets on the last Thursday of each month at Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville.  Participants enjoy engaging conversation about young adult literature.  This month's selection is All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  For more information about the YA Reads book club visit our Facebook page at:

The second event that we hope you will participate in is the African American Read-In.  This is the third year The Center has hosted the event on the University of Tennessee campus.  This event will run from noon-6:00 p.m. and will showcase readings, texts, and performance art celebrating books written about and by African-American authors.  To sign up for a time to read, please email Center director, Dr. Susan Groenke at :

We look forward to seeing you at both events!