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Toni Morrison, Patron Saint of Banned Books and Their Readers

August 8, 2019
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Toni Morrison, Patron Saint of Banned Books and Their Readers

Nobel Laureate and master author Toni Morrison passed away at 88 earlier this week. There have been many beautiful and thoughtful obituaries that examine her trailblazing life and life-changing words. Morrison’s books are critically respected the literary canon and successful in a commercial way that defies stereotypes of the highest echelon of literature. It is as difficult to categorize her…

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Gilbert School Board Keeps Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the Reading List

January 30, 2015
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Beloved Toni Morrison

Gilbert, Arizona, public school system is once again in the news for a book challenge. This time it is Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-Prize winning seminal novel Beloved. The Gilbert school board recently received more than 100 letters from members of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children urging the district to pull the title from…

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Tonight’s the Night! Don’t Miss the Legendary CBLDF Welcome Party!

July 19, 2018
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Tonight’s the Night! Don’t Miss the Legendary CBLDF Welcome Party!

Make sure you start off San Diego with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by comiXology and Boom! Studios, with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night…

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CBLDF Be Counted Membership Drive Closes at Midnight Tonight!

October 31, 2011
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CBLDF Be Counted Membership Drive Closes at Midnight Tonight!

Last month, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund asked the comics community to Be Counted as members of the organization, and set a fundraising goal of $100,000 by October 31 to support their important legal and education work. Today, the Fund has raised over $77,000 of that goal, thanks to the generosity of those who…

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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

June 19, 2019
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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

Back in February, CBLDF reported on a political group in Florida demanding the removal of 14 books from Marion County School District. Reports have just come in that the committee has finished reading and discussing the works officially challenged, and their recommendations, along with those of the Superintendent, have been given to the school board…

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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

February 27, 2019
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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

It’s Your Tea Party Florida has demanded that Marion County School District remove 14 books from their middle and high school libraries the group believe are “obscene, even pornographic.” Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier removed the books from the middle school libraries, saying they were not age appropriate. However, she chose to keep the titles…

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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

April 26, 2018
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CBLDF Wins Intellectual Freedom Champion Award — With Audio!

“In the intellectual freedom community, our job is to change the world one mind at a time.” – Charles Brownstein of CBLDF At the 2018 Oregon Library Association annual conference in Eugene, OR, on April 20, 2018, the Intellectual Freedom Champion Award  was presented to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The award is granted…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition in Defending The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

December 18, 2015
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Huck Finn

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in defending Mark Twain’s seminal classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, after administrators pulled the book from the 11th grade curriculum after a group of students complained that it made them uncomfortable. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect…

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it has been caught up in controversy over the Common Core standards, and investigated…

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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

April 16, 2013
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Captain Underpants Leads ALA’s Top Banned or Challenged Books of 2012

National Library Week is here, and that means it’s time for the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to release its annual list of the books most frequently banned and/or challenged in public libraries and schools in the previous year. Read on to find out what they were, and perhaps make some additions to…

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