Black History Month Read-In Feb. 29 in Raleigh


Hear excerpts by authors, musicians, poets, scholars, orators, and more as we celebrate literature during Black History Month! A free read-in hosted by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission will take place at the Pure Life Theatre in the Historic Royal Bakery Building, 3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 1-4 p.m.

Readings will be in support of the new children’s book, “My N.C. from A to Z,” celebrating African American heritage in North Carolina. Written by historian Michelle Lanier and illustrated by artist Dare Coulter, “My N.C. from A to Z” will be available for purchase at the read-in. This event is free, open to the public, and presented by the N.C. African American Heritage Commission in partnership with the N.C. State Capitol State Historic Site, the State Library of North Carolina, the N.C. Arts Council and the Richard B. Harrison Community Library.

Visit the N.C. African American Heritage Commission at to learn more.

About the N.C. African American Heritage Commission
The North Carolina General Assembly created the African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) in 2008 to “assist the Secretary of Cultural Resources in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of African American history, arts, and culture.” With this legislation the AAHC has identified African American heritage practitioners, such as curators, docents, and museum directors, as priority service populations. The AAHC was recognized as a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in 2017, after being housed in the Office of Archives and History and the North Carolina Arts Council. The commission works across the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina’s African American history, art, and culture, for all people. For more information about the Commission, please visit

About the N.C. State Capitol
he State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and function of the 1840 building and Union Square. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and located at One Edenton Street, Raleigh. For additional information please call or visit

About the State Library of North Carolina
The State Library of North Carolina builds the capacity of libraries across the state, develops and supports access to genealogy and other specialized collections, and provides resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.

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