Martinsville, Virginia


Piedmont Arts Hosts Annual African American Read-In and Family Day

In conjunction with the 30th Annual National African American Read-In, 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 22, 2020 from 11 am – 1 pm.

Storyteller Fred Motley will perform classic folktales, songs and stories from around the world. A modern-day griot, Motley has traveled to festivals and other venues to teach African-American history, music and dance for more than 30 years. Community members will read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors and a selection of books by African American authors will be on display. Guests can create a bookmark to take home. Admission is free and complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Piedmont Arts' African American Read-In and Family Day is sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust.

This is one of several events Piedmont Arts has planned in celebration of Black History Month. Other events include: Tired Souls: King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a one-man play by Mike Wiley that introduces figures who were instrumental in lighting a fire under the Civil Rights movement and changing the course of U.S. history forever, on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Piedmont Arts; and Fragile, Handle with Care, an exhibit featuring work by contemporary African American artist Tawny Chatmon, on display through March 7, 2020. To learn more about Piedmont Arts’ Black History Month events, visit