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Freedom to Read: Book Challenges and Bans

Freedom to Read

Freedom to Read

“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals.” (Freedom to Read Statement, Adopted 1953)

Context for the AP African-American Studies Course: Amy Goodman interviews Kimberlé Crenshaw

Book Challenges