Albion's Big Read is a month-long community reading initiative that aims to engage children, teens, and adults through shared reading experiences. We have two primary goals: value and empower youth and provide opportunities for diverse groups to come together and interact in meaningful ways.
OUR 2018 TITLE: X: A NOVEL BY ILYASAH SHABAZZ, DAUGHTER OF MALCOLM X, WITH KEKLA MAGOON
Ilyasah Shabazz’s and Kekla Magoon's X: a Novel tells the story of Malcolm X’s childhood and young adulthood, beginning with his time as child in Lansing, MI and ending with his time in prison in Massachusetts. It allows us to see a towering Civil Rights figure sorting out how to live in an unjust world. The characters and language of X: a Novel will give us all the opportunity to talk openly about things like prejudice, racist language, inequality, choices, diversity, law enforcement, justice, and family.
Meet the 2018 Team
Albion's Big Read Student Leaders are rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders who call Albion home. Throughout October 2018, the following students independently led and facilitated community-wide book discussions. They are role models for their peers, neighbors, and the greater Albion community. We joyfully celebrate the open hearts and minds of the following 2018 Big Read Youth Leaders:
* denotes students who returned as Albion Big Read Leaders for another year
Made up of college and community leaders, our planning committee works throughout the year. Most notably, these individuals choose the Big Read novel, X: a Novel, collaborate with local partners, and further the progress of Albion's current and future Big Reads. We would like to thank the members of the 2018 Planning Committee for their irreplaceable support:
Mae Ola Dunklin
Our summer training program would not be possible without the outstanding support, leadership, and commitment from several students at Albion College. College Volunteers apply and interview for their role, and it's entirely volunteer-based. We deeply value the hard work and dedication of the following 2018 college volunteers:
* denotes students who returned as Albion Big Read Leaders for another year.
We would like to wholeheartedly thank our generous supporters. Albion's 2018 Big Read is made possible by the support of the following amazing organizations and individuals. Click the green text of the donors below to learn more.
The Serra Family Foundation
Albion Community Foundation
John and Mardie Roberts
Rosemary Smith Zander
Elizabeth Roberts and Jeff Hafner
Our partners are local individuals, organizations, and businesses who donate time and energy to Albion’s Big Read. They support our program from behind the scenes by hosting book discussions, sharing space and resources, and much more. We joyfully thank them!
Marshall Public Schools
City of Albion
Albion College History Department / Coy James Lecture
4H Creative and Expressive Arts Program
The Bohm Theater
Stirling Books and Brew
Sisters Influencing Society
Psi Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Schuler Arts Creativity Retreat Center
Albion's Sister City Committee
Local chapter of AAUW
Albion Branch NAACP
Marshall Youngish Professionals
The Franke Center for the Arts
Albion Marshall Resilient Communities Project & The Public Theater Mobile Unit
Albion College Music Department
Albion Housing Commission
Albion District Library