African American Read-In held at Leon County library

Posted at 1:36 AM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 20:39:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It was all about honoring the past at the Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library on Sunday.

They held their annual African American Read-In in honor of Black History Month.

The event highlights and celebrates past and present black authors like James Baldwin.

Leon County officials say this is an opportunity to celebrate black literature and learn about how it impacts our society while also encouraging people to read.

Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox says African American authors have had a immense impact on our literature and not only just american literature but also worldwide literature.

"They tell our story," he said."They tell the African American story, the African American story in a way that only African Americans can tell it and that it's valuable to literature itself."

The event has been going on for more than 15 years.