Black History Month: Around Town #4

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read.

This event kicks off the month-long Black History Hop, which will focus on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the first (non-full) week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop:
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop   
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We thought the best way to kick of this hop is to have a giveaway.  We want to have the chance give something back to our readers and members.  In the right hand side menu you will find the giveaway button.  What can you win?  Well Mocha Girls Read is giving one lucky winner 13 books.  Yes!  13 books by Black Authors.   Giveaway ends on February 7th, 2012 at midnight (PST).  Enter now and hop on over to the next blog to see what you can win there.

From the 2nd to the 4th of February are the “Around Town” segments of the Black History Month Hop. Here is an exciting event happening in Los Angeles this month in honor of Black History Month.

This even is not in Los Angeles but I wanted you to know about it.  Since we love reading and all things books.  I wanted to let you all know about a READ IN!  Not just a Read In but the 2012 National African American Read In!  I love this event because I never heard of it until Joy from Joy’s Book Blog mentioned it on her blog for Black History Month Hop.  Here is what I read on Joy’s Blog

…I also plan to participate in the 2012 National African American Read-In, an on-line event being hosted by Vasilly (1330V), Doret (The Happy Nappy Bookseller) and Edi (CrazyQuiltEdi). I went to a session on the African American Read-In at the Missouri Library Association conference last fall and meant to coordinate something between my book club and my library, but didn’t manage to make it happen. Maybe participating in this event will help develop some skills and familiarity with the project that will make it easier for me to pull off some in-person events in my community.

There is currently a poll at 1330V, 2012 National African American Read-In, for which book to read together for the African American Read-In and discuss on February 22. I was going to be lazy and not vote since I haven’t heard of any of the books. But then I decided to be a responsible netizen and find out about the books so that I could vote. Here’s the list with links to Goodreads so that you can learn about them, too, to participate in the voting:

Vasilly will announce the results of the poll tomorrow, so vote today!

The voting is complete and the winner is NINTH WARD By JEWELL PARKER RHODES.

Take a minute and go to Vasilly’s Blog and join the Read In.

What is going on in your town, city, state for Black History Month? Are you planning on attending a Black History Month event? Join the link or just go to the link to see the other events people are talkin’ about.

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  • Happy to hear you’ll be joining us for the Read In and thanks for the mention. Just wrote my review of No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Nelson, will post it on Tuesday and link it to the Hop.

    Going to the Alvin Aliey show this month in Atlanta with friends. I’ve never seen it so I am very excited. I already found shoes now just need an outfit.

    • Doret I love Alvin Aliey. They are amazing dancers. Way back in my thinner, college days I took a summer workshop class with them. It was a wonderful experience. You should youtube them. And Judith Jamison. Amazing dancers full of grace.

  • Thank you for the hosting the hop and for the abundance of information for African American authors and literature. Great way to highlight and spotlight talent in our community.

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