Monday, February 23, 2009


The Johnston County Arts Council will highlight its "Big Read" program in celebration of the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” with two FREE events at the Clayton Center next week.

First, on Monday at 7 pm, Dr. Karl Campbell, Associate Professor of History at Appalachian State University, will provide an overview of Tar Heel race relations from the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 to the 2001 court ruling ending busing in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Audience questions and comments will be taken at the end of the program.

Then, Thursday at 7 pm the Arts Council will present a free screening of the 1962 classic film “To Kill A Mockingbird."

Attendees will be given a free copy of the book. Spanish versions will be available, too. Additional supplemental materials on “To Kill A Mockingbird” will also be available.

The Big Read in Johnston County is presented in partnership by The Johnston County Arts Council and The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield.

For more information on the events, please contact Zilphia Adcock with the Johnston County Arts Council at 919-553-1930 or You also can view a full calendar of events for The Big Read in Johnston County at

Johnston County is one of 208 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2008-June 2009. To date, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 500 Big Read programs in the nation’s towns and cities.

The Clayton Town Council has proclaimed February as "Big Read - Johnston County" month.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

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