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September 24, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
In Person: Families Against Banning Books
Come share your favorite banned book with your fellow Miamians, teachers, students, and book lovers!
Books & Books is thrilled to partner and host an afternoon with Families Against Banning Books during the 40th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Join us in protecting the opportunity for our children to enjoy literature and to pursue their own American dream.Participants can sign a pledge to honor the freedom to read, show support by purchasing books banned around the country, and learn more about censorship issues. They can share ideas and join local families in standing up to those who seek to silence the voices of our fellow human beings.
About the Group:
Families Against Banning Books (FABB) was established to foster a community that feels passionately about freedom of speech. They wish to take a stand against censorship.
In Florida, a small minority of parents have taken a strong position against the cherished constitutional right of freedom of speech. They are attempting to silence any voices who disagree with their opinions. In response, FABB gives a voice to families who honor the differences found in our multicultural society. FABB recognizes the power of books to unite us and encourage empathy. FABB welcomes members from all cultures, races, religions, gender identities, sexual preferences, and political parties.
According to PEN America, there have been more than 200 instances of public school districts banning books in Florida between July 2021 and March 2022, making Florida the state with the third highest rate of banned books in the country. Books banned in Florida include “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, Beloved by Toni Morrison, “All Boys aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, and “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe.
FABB shares information, builds community, and welcomes new members through social media. Please join us at @familiesagainstbanningbooks on Facebook and Instagram.
Much of what makes America great is the freedom to pursue our own individual fulfillment of the American Dream. Achieving this Dream necessitates having the opportunity to develop into the person that each of us was destined to become from birth.
Banning these books makes no sense and leaves a huge vacuum in our educational system, for it slowly erodes our freedom of choice. As book after book is banned, we begin to ask ourselves which freedom will be the next to go. We must not let books be banned, for if we do, we will be cheating our children out of their own opportunity to enjoy literature and to pursue their own American Dream. Please join us on this fight and be a FABB supporter.