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Committee Keeps Beloved On FL Summer Reading List After “Porn Content” Challenge

September 15, 2015
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Beloved Toni Morrison

A unanimous committee vote kept Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved on a summer reading list in a Satellite High School in Florida despite a parent’s complaint over what he is calling the “porn content” of the novel. Hamilton Boone, a parent of a student at the school, submitted his complaint to the committee…

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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

September 7, 2015
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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. Vacations are over and school has started once again, but CBLDF didn’t get to take a break this summer. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a new trend: Censors are as active — if not more so — during the summer months!…

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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

September 2, 2015
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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

In the modern popular imagination, the 1950s represent the height of repression, conformity, paranoia, and of course censorship. To be sure, the era did see the brief rise of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the continued effects of the Hollywood blacklist (instituted in 1947), and the founding of the Comics Code Authority in order to stave off…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Book Ban in South Carolina

August 10, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Book Ban in South Carolina

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to protest a principal’s actions at Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Based on a complaint from one parent and in violation of district policy, Principal Lee Runyon removed Courtney Summers’ Some Girls Are as a summer reading option for freshman…

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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

July 16, 2015
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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

Although we got word last week that Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez would be returning to high school library shelves in Rio Rancho, New Mexico after a parent’s challenge was resolved, a new report from Albuquerque radio station KUNM indicates that things may not be so straightforward. School district emails obtained via FOIA request show that…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposed to Disclaimer for College Literature Course

June 29, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposed to Disclaimer for College Literature Course

Today, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship to oppose a “disclaimer” on the English 250 syllabus at Crafton Hills College. The college affirmed that it will not be “eradicating” any graphic novels from the course, but it has stated that future syllabi for the graphic novel course include a disclaimer “so students have a…

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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

April 28, 2015
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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

While recently looking into the cases that landed three comics on the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we came across a veritable treasure trove of challenges that had flown under our radar: the Texas ACLU’s Annual Banned Books Report. Besides the challenges to Persepolis and Drama that we already covered, the…

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Waterloo Ban on Absolutely True Diary

April 27, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Waterloo Ban on Absolutely True Diary

In advance of a school board meeting in Waterloo, Iowa this evening, CBLDF has joined with five other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to send a letter urging that the board follow district policy regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Curriculum director Debbie Lee,…

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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

April 24, 2015
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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

The Brunswick County, North Carolina woman who last year waged a fruitless months-long battle to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from a local middle school has resurfaced this week to challenge the same book again, this time in a high school. This time around, she has adopted the…

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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

April 17, 2015
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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

Following the news that comics made up almost a third of the books on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we did a bit of investigating for more information on the challenges that landed Persepolis, Drama, and Saga on the list. Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic memoir Persepolis came…

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