Book banning is a cultural phenomenon where books are pulled from schools, libraries, colleges and even bookstores. Books are banned for a variety of reasons, but in 2022, there has been a new topic of banning -- association with Critical Race Theory. From statewide bans in Florida, to detailed inquiries from Texas Senators, books are being pulled from schools and libraries across the country due to subject matter related to the African American experience.
Many of these challenges focus on controversial works such as the 1619 Project, but others focus on children's stories about adversity to stories about the Holocaust. Read more about this issue from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's coverage on this movement of banning books by Black authors and the ACLU's coverage of ban blocking discussions about race in public school systems.
This month the Carter G. Woodson Library is spotlighting some of these banned books by Black authors from the City Colleges of Chicago Libraries collections. Check one out today!