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February 8, 2013

Events to mark Black History Month

Two upcoming Oneonta readings will commemorate Black History Month.

The Oneonta Area NAACP will host its annual African-American Read-In from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Olympia Brown House at 16 Ford Ave. The event is open to the public; all who attend may read poetry or other writings by African-American authors.

The event marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The snow date for the program is Feb. 17.

Poet David Mills will present “The Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.” on Monday at SUNY Oneonta.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center. It is presented by the college’s department of Africana and Latino Studies and Center for Multicultural Experiences in celebration of Black History Month.

A 2010 Poet Laureate of Queens finalist and winner of the inaugural Pan African Literary Forum Poetry Prize, Mills is the author of the small press bestseller “The Dream Detective.” His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, Jubilat, Transitions (Harvard University) Rattapallax, The Literary Review, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe, among others, and he wrote a play commissioned and produced by the Juilliard School of Drama.

More information on this event is available from Veronica Diver at 436-3449.

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