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Join One World on Wednesday, September 29 at 8:00 PM ET on Zoom for a special Ideas & Action virtual event where we investigate-and celebrate-Banned Books Week, the freedom of ideas, and the necessity and power of even the most discomforting truths.
Hosted by Chris Jackson, publisher and editor-in-chief, and co-sponsored by the American Library Association, Ideas & Action: Banned Books will feature authors who have faced censorship directly, including Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me), Nikole Hannah-Jones (The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story), Ibram X. Kendi (How to Be an Antiracist), and Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy)-as well as authors who have joined the fight against censorship, including Cathy Park Hong (Minor Feelings), Heather McGhee (The Sum of Us), Adam Serwer (The Cruelty is the Point), and more-in a mix of live and recorded video appearances that reflect on the question, "What do you wish you had learned in school, but didn't?"
Attendees will also hear from Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, about legal challenges to important books and why certain books tend to stir up conversation about free speech and censorship-when we should really be discussing their groundbreaking ideas. Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change (and author of the forthcoming From Presence to Power) will share additional remarks.
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