Students and staff at Van Duyn School made literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American read-in.  Community members and parents read books to students during the yearly tradition.

In 1990, the first African American read-in was sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and was founded by Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott.

Over a million readers of all ethnic groups, from 50 states, the District of Columbia, the West Indies, and African countries have participated since 1990 to promote literacy through the writings of African Americans!