North Campus hosts African-American Read-in


Kudos to the group that coordinated the very successful, informative, inspirational, and entertaining African-American Read-in, held recently in the Monument Room of the North Campus.

The special guest speaker was Malcolm Barrett, a descendant of Harrison Barrett, the founder of Barrett Settlement (now called Barrett Station), a black community near Crosby that began as a cotton plantation in 1875. Mr. Barrett provided a snapshot of how the small settlement grew from a cluster of seven houses into a stable, thriving community.

Singing was performed by special guest DuWayne Davis, who sang two inspirational Gospel songs. Live music was also performed by the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble, and the San Jacinto College employee choir.

Those attending the event enjoyed a soul food lunch featuring fried chicken and catfish, black-eyed peas, mustard greens, mac & cheese, and cornbread. The meal was prepared by the culinary arts department, under the direction of Donna Jones.

Readings of a wide range of African-American literature were performed by San Jacinto College employees, including Serita Dickey, Dr. Richard Bailey, Sandra Curry, Dr. Karen Hattaway, Erin Lewis, Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, Karyn Jones, Theresa Powell, and Dedra White. Dr. Lamar McWaine served as master of ceremony.

Event coordinators include Erin Lewis (committee chair), Sandra Curry, Serita Dickey, Karyn Jones, Karen Hattaway, Theresa Powell, Charlotte Jackson, Dedra White, DeRhonda McWaine, and Donna Jones.