Martinsville, Virginia


African American Read-In and Family Day Hosted by Piedmont Arts

African American Read-In and Family Day Hosted by Piedmont Arts

Piedmont Arts invites the community to take part in a celebration of African American artists, performers and writers at its annual African American Read-In and Family Day on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11 am – 2 pm. Held in conjunction with the National African American Read-In established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the National Read-In and related events have reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust this free event will feature a performance by Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc., drumming workshops, story time, crafts and a public read-aloud. The Martinsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will also host a book drive at the event. Guests may bring new or gently used books to donate to local preschools. Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome. 

Event Schedule:
11 am – 12 pm West African-inspired beaded jewelry craft, coloring pages and more
12 – 1 pm Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc. will perform West African dance and drumming workshops
1 – 2 pm Public read-aloud

Throughout February, Piedmont Arts is celebrating Black History Month with free exhibits, events and educational programs. To learn more about Piedmont Arts’ Black History Month events, visit