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Sesame Street's Elmo to visit UNI's eighth African-American Read-In

February 20, 2014

Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-273-2007,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sesame Street's Elmo, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson, and performance artist Nothando Zulu will join the Cedar Valley community for a day of reading at the University of Northern Iowa's eighth annual African-American Read-In from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Maucker Union and Rod Library. The event encourages Cedar Valley youth to learn about African-American history and culture.

"It is our hope that helping children learn about African-American authors and illustrators will help them begin to also realize that African-Americans contributed greatly to education and to the books read in classrooms all other the world," said Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of early childhood education.

UNI's African-American Read-In is a part of the National African-American Read-In, which is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

The event is open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Kirkland-Holmes at 319-273-2007 or