DARE: Oprah Defends Free Press in Powerful Golden Globes Speech
At the Golden Globes in Hollywood, Oprah Winfrey affirms the value of a free press, of women speaking truth to power, and of diversity in storytellers. More
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Thank you Ellen Oh, Linda Sue Park, and Ami Polonsky for traveling to Duval County, FL to deliver and present the letter from @PENamerica and @diversebooks and signed by 70 authors calling for the return of 176 book titles pulled from classroom libraries. https://pen.org/press-release/letter-to-duval-county-fl-schools-from-pen-america-and-we-need-diverse-books-signed-by-69-authors-calls-for-return-of-176-book-titles-pulled-from-classroom-libraries/
Yesterday WNDB and @PENamerica, along with 70 authors, sent a letter to Duval County Public Schools in Florida asking why 176 book titles were removed from their classroom libraries in early 2022. Many of the books feature BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ protagonists. https://twitter.com/PENamerica/status/1600251299957592064
Let's talk about book bans.
What's so controversial about "When Wilma Rudolph Played Basketball" by Mark Andrew Weakland?
PEN America's @jonfreadom explores the complaint and asks, "Why are you trying to hide this history?" #BannedBooks #FreeTheBooks