Category Archives: Freedom of Speech

Take A Stand

Today is the birthday anniversary of African American sociologist, historian, writer, educator, poet, scholar, and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. Born February 23, 1868, Du Bois was the first black man to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard University … Continue reading

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Still Alarming

I first discovered the science fiction novels by Ray Bradbury when I was 10 or 11 years old. In retrospect I’m certain that many of the themes of his books went way over my head. But when I read Fahrenheit 451 I … Continue reading

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Paris Remembers

Four years ago  this week, Paris was shocked by the terror attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French street artist Christian Guémy, aka C215,  has paid tribute to the eleven victims of the horrific attack with a mural . At the … Continue reading

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Yes! We Have No Bananas

Unlike most civilized nations the United States does not deem a work to be in the public domain according to who created it (i.e. established by the death date of its creator), but rather when it was published. As you may know, in … Continue reading

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Stand Up To Censorship

The annual Banned Books Week this year has a new theme: Banning books silences voices. But as always, BBW focuses on raising awareness about the constant threat of censorship.

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There was only one catch

California-based, award-winning photographer David Fokos has an ongoing exhibition at San Diego International Airport called The Book Pages Project. This terrific show is an appreciation of “real” books in their actual physical form—paper pages, fonts, ink, layout—and the powerful contribution books have … Continue reading

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Freedom to Read

During National Library Week, the American Library Association released its annual Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books . American libraries continue to face challenges—including the potential for censorship—to a variety of books, programs and periodicals. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom … Continue reading

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Libraries Lead

April 8-14 is National Library Week in the United States, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books, study ,or get out of the rain—they’re also creative and … Continue reading

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Resist Much, Obey Little

In recognition of Banned Books Week, here are some quotes from surprising literary works that have been banned or censored over the years.

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Words Have Power

Libraries, booksellers, publishers, schools, writers’ groups, and other organizations in North America are gearing up to mark Banned Books Week 2017, which runs from September 24 to the 30th. Many bookshops and libraries have gotten a jump on the upcoming … Continue reading

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