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National African American Read-In
Podcast

The Ocean County Library will join thousands across the nation in celebrating the 21st anniversary of the National African American Read-In. Listen to Ocean County Library staff and community members read from selected works by African American authors.

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Listen to Used by Rita Dove Read by Cathi Finnen
Listen to Rich by Alice Walker Read by John Glace
Listen to There It Is
by Jayne Cortez
Read by Bernard Williams
Listen to Ain't I A Woman?
by Sojourner Truth
Read by Carol Zsiga
Listen to My First Memory (of Librarians)
by Nikki Giovanni
Read by an OCL Librarian
Listen to Touched by an Angel
by Maya Angelou
Read by Nan Marino
Listen to Merry-Go-Round
by Langston Hughes
Read by Nancy Voitko
Listen to Won't You Celebrate With Me
by Lucille Clifton
Read by Grace Johnson
Listen to Amethyst Rocks
by Saul Williams
Read by VIBES the Anointed Poet
Listen to an excerpt from Beloved
by Toni Morrison
Read By Megan Ruisch
Listen to Poem for South African Women
by June Jordan
Read by Laura Rickards
Listen to Sunshine Girl a poem
from Blacker the Berry
by Joyce Carol Thomas
Read by Brian Marshall
Listen to Human Family
by Maya Angelou
Read by Barbara Worthy
Listen to Your World
by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Read by Grace Johnson
Listen to Nightshade
from Blacker the Berry
by Joyce Carol Thomas
Read by Josh Voitko
Listen to an excerpt from Amazing Grace
by Jonathan Kozol
Read by Richard Biolsi
Listen to Here Where Coltrane Is
by Michael S. Harper
Read by Linda Kay
Listen to All the Toys
by Alice Walker
Read by Teen Writers Circle member
Listen to We Alone
by Alice Walker
Read by Leigh Ann Borrelli
Listen to The What If's by Jill Scott Read by Teen Writers Circle member
Listen to Lesson
by Forrest Hamer
Read by Lenny Rivera
Listen to Lois Smith Age 12 Student
by Walter Dean Myers
Read by Teen Writers Circle member
Listen to I Will Not Deny
by Alice Walker
Read by Sally Harrison
Listen to Heritage
by Countee Cullen
Read by Teen Writers Circle member
Listen to Common Dust
by Georgia Douglas Johnson
Read by Meagan Toohey