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June 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Celebration & Book Giveaway of recently challenged books in the Miami-Dade County Public School System


June 6, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Blvd.
Coral Gables, 33134 United States
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The Sanctuary for Banned Books @ The Coral Gables Congregational Church is hosting a celebration and book giveaway of three of the recently challenged books at the Bob Graham Education Center, a K-8 school in the MDPS system: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, The ABC’s of Black History by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer, and Love to Langston by Tony Medina and R. Gregory Christie. Copies of these three titles will be given away and we thank Amanda Gorman for her generosity.

RICHARD BLANCO, Miami-Dade County’s Poet Laureate and an inaugural poet himself who read at President Obama’s second swearing in ceremony, EDWIDGE DANTICAT, an internationally renowned writer and resident of Miami, DR. MARVIN DUNN, author, historian and founder of the Miami Center for Racial Justice , and representatives from PEN America, the ACLU of Florida, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the United Teachers of Dade, Florida Freedom to Read, O, Miami, Books & Books, students, writers, teachers and parents will giveaway and read from the challenged books, and shine a light on the policies of the Miami Dade Public School System that are creating a chaotic and regressive atmosphere that has led to the irrational restriction of student access to these and other books.