Saturday, January 24, 2009

10th Annual African American Read-In - Saturday, January 31, 2009 2:00 - 4:00 PM - Majestic Theater - Free Admission

Say It Loud: "I Read and I'm Proud!"

Celebrating 10 Years of Reading and Learning!

This year's event marks the 10th Anniversary of Dallas' African American Read-In, the largest celebration of its type in the country. "Say it Loud, I Read and I'm Proud" serves as the title of the 2009 production which will prove to be an exciting, heartwarming and inspiring reflection of the past ten years of this notable event.

Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols
Featuring Celebrity Reader and Motivational Speaker Lisa Nichols, teacher of The Secret, author of Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul and dynamic international motivational speaker and powerful advocate of personal empowerment.

Also Featuring Award-Winning Actor, Author, Artist, and Teacher Irma Hall
Irma Hall wore many hats during the first 30 years of her professional career: teacher, reporter, co-founder and executive director for the Dallas Minority Repertoire Theater, performer and poet.

Special Performance by Richmond Punch

Richmond Punch is a graduate of Yale University School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Viola and Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Bloom to Perform
Established in 1997 by Founder/Artistic Director Ann Williams, Bloom represents the top students of the Dallas Black Dance Academy. The group performs locally at festivals and various community events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Free Admission
Saturday, January 31, 2009 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Majestic Theatre
1925 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas
Admission is Free
Seating is limited
Come Early!
Doors Open - 1:00 PM
Pre-Show - 1:30 PM
Program - 2:00-4:00 PM

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
Dalton Sherman, a fifth grade student at Charles Rice Learning Center in the Dallas Independent School District, is a dynamic speaker and a part of this year's pre-show. Since winning a big oratory competition in Dallas last January, he’s appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and performed at numerous churches and events all over Dallas.

McDonald's - I'm Lovin' It
McDonald's, as a sponsor, will launch a special AARI promotional campaign in support of literacy that will run in regional restaurants and feature the Read-In trayliners for all dine-in guests.

Scholarship Recipients to be Announced
The George Dawson "Hold Fast to Dreams" scholarship recipients will be announced at the Read-In. Scholarship donations will be accepted at the Read-In event, or donate now online! Please indicate George Dawson Scholarship.

With Performances By
Ayubu Kamar Dance Company
Dallas Black Dance Theater's Bloom Company
David Carr, Audrey McClure, Cynthia Dorn Navarette, Dalton Sherman, Richard Glaubman,
Paloma Nance, Jemone Smith, Richmond Punch, Christoper Silverberg, Catherine Whiteman, Jessica Williams, David Ratcliff
Oliver Williams Holmes "Boss" Band
Lyndale the Literary Lion

Sponsored by:
K104-FM - KRNB-FM - KKDA-AM - The Dallas Morning News - The Downtown Business News - McDonald's - - Comerica Bank - City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs - Highlights for Children - Scholastic - Dallas Children's Theater - Harlem Book Fair - Holt McDougal - Jokae's African American Books - Dallas Public Library - Millennium Motor Cars - NCTE Black Caucus