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“When we read these books... everyone is in agreement that (they) are very educational and should be allowed in our classrooms,” says Vandegrift High School Banned Book Club co-founder Alyssa Hoy. "They start very tough conversations that need to be had.” https://nextcity.org/urbanist-news/how-teens-are-pushing-back-on-book-bans
A teacher in Florida wanted to inspire Black children with pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Colin Powell and George Washington Carver.
He has resigned because, he alleges, a district employee removed the pictures as "age inappropriate."
This is the best summary of the alarming obscenity case to be heard Aug 30 in VA. Succinct, informative, historical. This is a "salvo" to test First Amendment defenses as @dankois notes persuasively. Read the whole thing. From @Slate: https://slate.com/culture/2022/08/book-banning-republicans-gender-queer-obscenity-supreme-court.html