LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville will take part in the National African American Read-In chain Monday, Feb. 7.

    U of L faculty, staff and students will take part in the read-in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Minority Affairs Building on Belknap Campus. A second event for students in fifth grade and below will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

    Readers will be allotted 10 minutes each during the morning session.

    The public is welcome to attend.

    The African American Read-In is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and is endorsed by the International Reading Association. Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores and others are encouraged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting read-in events across the nation.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.