Knowledge is Power: Springfield's African American Read-In By Rachel Otwell • Feb 28, 2017 TweetShareGoogle+Email View Slideshow 1 of 9 Matthew Hill with books he brought to talk about Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 2 of 9 Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 3 of 9 people gather for a "community portrait" Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 4 of 9 Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 5 of 9 Rev. Samuel W. Hale Jr. Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 6 of 9 SHS senior Matthew Hill reads his essay 'Superheroes Are Real' Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 7 of 9 Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 8 of 9 Rachel Otwell View Slideshow 9 of 9 Rachel Otwell African American read-ins started to be promoted by educators nationwide in 1990. The purpose is to highlight Black authors during Black History Month. Lincoln Library, Springfield's public library, joined in this year, listen here: Listen Listening... / 4:33 Listen to the story Tags: black historyblack history monthLincoln Library (Springfield Public Library)TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Lincoln Library and Museum advisory board in place By Illinois Issues • Feb 1, 2003 Before leaving office, Gov. George Ryan named individuals to serve on an 11-member advisory board for the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. • Marilyn Boria of Elmhurst, director of the Elmhurst Public Library, who will serve through 2005. • Charles Bryan Jr. of Richmond, Va., director of the Virginia Historical Society, who will serve through 2005. • Warrick Carter of Chicago, president of Columbia College, who will serve through 2006. • Bill Kurtis, Chicago television producer and former news anchor, who will serve through 2004. A Trip To The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum By Rachel Otwell • Oct 12, 2016 Late last month, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was officially opened in Washington, D.C. Did you know that Springfield has had its own version for about five years? Illinois Issues: Slave State By Tara McClellan McAndrew • Oct 20, 2016 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Because Illinois is a northern state and the former home of Abraham Lincoln, it isn’t typically associated with slavery. But there was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years. Even after Illinois entered the Union, loopholes in its laws allowed the practice to continue, making the future Land of Lincoln a quasi-slave state.