by Natalie Saenz, NET News

(Photo courtesy of LPS)

February 8, 2021 – 5:19pm

Lincoln libraries and public schools are collaborating to offer a virtual read-in event this week where people will learn about African American history through literature and performances.

Various African American community representatives will participate in the annual read-in this Wednesday at noon.

This event is a part of the national African American Read-in for Black History Month.

LPS’ Youth and Development Coordinator, Peter Ferguson, said the performers were selected to represent all members of the African American community.

“We really are intentional about making efforts to ensure that those faces that we don’t always see, we make sure that people know they exist,” Ferguson said.

The read-in can be watched through or the LPS Facebook page.

(Photo courtesy of LPS)

Performers include:

  • A welcome by Peter Ferguson, Youth Development coordinator, LPS;
  • Masters of Ceremonies William Bryant and Shanna Letcher, student advocates for the African American Community, LPS;
  • Jael Pembrick, journalist, Channel 8 KLKN-TV; 
  • Chris Haeffner, director, LPS Media Services;
  • Daniel Turner, scholar, Lincoln Southwest High School and member of the Martin Luther King Youth Rally and March Planning Committee;
  • Dr. Karen Kassebaum, assistant vice chancellor for inclusive leadership and learning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • Capt. Tarvis Banks, Lincoln Police Department;
  • Deejay Reiss, teacher/coach, Lincoln North Star High School;
  • MSgt. Brittani Cain, Nebraska Air National Guard;
  • The Rev. Tremaine Combs, Mount Zion Baptist Church; and
  • “We Are the Dream” Belmont TRACKS Scholars.