Over the weekend, I had a chance to participate in a fantastic event hosted by the Tuscaloosa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was so fun!

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February 28th was the last day of Black History Month, and we closed it out in a major way. The 32nd Annual African American Read-In was done virtually, but it was just as fun as an in-person event.

So many children were on the Zoom call as well as adults. People were reading so many great books, poems, and stories by black authors and it was amazing to see. You can tell I'm now a father because just hearing young kids read make me say "Awwwwwww." I was never that person! Lol!

The event started and my son Asè was amped! He loved looking at the screen and seeing all of the different faces. After about 4 people read, I kind of made up my mind that I wasn't going to read as originally planned. I didn't know they already had a schedule of readers before the event started. My wife kept encouraging me to ask to be on the list but I didn't want to ruin the event.

A few more readers passed and someone read the book that I planned on reading. My wife continued to encourage me to read. They made it through the whole program and asked for volunteers to read from the audience. Here was my chance! Even though they already read this book, I raised my hand and begin reading my son's favorite book, "Hey Black Child."

It was great and everyone loved it! The comments in the Zoom were so loving and they said we "stole the show." Wow!

Thank you so much to the Deltas for the opportunity and for hosting such an uplifting event for our community.  I can't wait for more events in the future.

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