Journalism isn’t a Hobby — Why Students Deserve the Full Force of the First Amendment

January 29, 2020
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Journalism isn’t a Hobby — Why Students Deserve the Full Force of the First Amendment

January 29th is National Student Press Freedom Day, set aside to highlight their achievements and the importance of allowing student journalists the full protection of the First Amendment. Since the landmark Hazelwood decision, student journalists have been subject to increasing censorship, administrative prior review, and other practices that attempt to affirm they aren’t “real journalists.”…

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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

January 28, 2020
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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

CBLDF has joined with other free expression organizations to speak out against Missouri House Bill 2044, as it stands in opposition to rights granted to all U.S. citizens by the First Amendment and any perceived merit is redundant with existing legislation. The bill, written and submitted by Rep. Ben Baker, aims to create parental oversight…

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Little & Lion Upsetting Florida Parents

January 28, 2020
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Little & Lion Upsetting Florida Parents

A few parents are clutching their pearls in West Palm Beach, Florida as they try to get Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion banned from the district. Recently, the angry group of parents approached the school board for Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington to ask that the book be removed and were instead informed that…

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Nell Brinkley, “Queen of Comics” to Join Comics Hall of Fame

January 27, 2020
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Nell Brinkley, “Queen of Comics” to Join Comics Hall of Fame

Comic-Con International announced the inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2020 will include pre-Code “Queen of Comics” Nell Brinkley and cartoonist/illustrator E. Simms Campbell (Esquire, Life, Judge, Playboy, and more). Brinkly is profiled in CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics, and you can find out more about her life in the…

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Help Protect the Voices in Your Community – Join CBLDF!

January 24, 2020
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Help Protect the Voices in Your Community – Join CBLDF!

Attacks on comics, books, programming, and displays continue to fill the news. A wealthy school district in Virginia is facing a coordinated attack against 80 new diverse books. There is proposed legislation in Missouri aimed at eliminating Drag Queen Story Hour that would land librarians in jail for lending an “age-inappropriate” book. And that’s our…

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Jason Reynolds Named Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature

January 23, 2020
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Jason Reynolds Named Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature

Popular author Jason Reynolds has been announced as the Library of Congress’ newest ambassador for young people’s literature. This honored position is a two year post presented to an exceptional author who will work to increase literacy and engagement with YA readers. Past ambassadors include Jacqueline Woodson, and CBLDF Board Member Gene Luen Yang. Reynolds…

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Fight Identity Censorship with CBLDF

January 22, 2020
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With the increase in challenges and bans to diverse comics, books, programming, and displays it is becoming important to go beyond just choosing titles that reflect the community to now ensuring those choices are protected. CBLDF offers a huge selection of free resources to fight identity censorship. Whether you need a guide to adding a…

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Drag Queen Story Hours the Target of MO Library Bill

January 21, 2020
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Drag Queen Story Hours the Target of MO Library Bill

Last week CBLDF reported on House Bill 2044 in Missouri which threatens fines, jail, & loss of funding for libraries that give “age-inappropriate” books to kids. We speculated possible reasons that Representative Ben Baker came up with the bill, but he recently admitted that it is Drag Queen Story Hours that drew his attention to…

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Discovering the Lost Artist of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story

January 20, 2020
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Discovering the Lost Artist of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in April of 2018, but is being reposted now in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those interested in reading comics about The Civil Rights Movement, check out CBLDF’s Using Graphic Novels in Education for some great suggestions. In April of 2018, artist and comics journalist James…

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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

January 17, 2020
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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

Despite a targeted campaign against LGBTQ+ literature in one of the wealthiest school districts in America, Loudoun School Board in Virginia has voted to retain two of the diverse titles they set out to include at the beginning of the 2019 school year: Heather Has Two Mommies and Prince & Knight.  But this small win can not undo  damage that…

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