Since 1982, Banned Books Week has been a celebration of the freedom to read — especially books that contain unorthodox or "dangerous" ideas. Most recently, Ohio Board of Education president Debe Terhar labeled Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye "pornographic" and called for its removal from state teaching guidelines for high school students. Board member Mark Smith went even further, saying that the novel is part of "an underlying socialist-communist agenda."
On Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m., the ACLU of Ohio is hosting "Let's Get Free: Banned Writings of Black Liberationists" at the Columbus Dance Theatre, 592 East Main Street.
For many years, black freedom writers around the world have used the written word as a tool to highlight racial injustice. At Thursday's event, community members will read selected works from black activists who have been censored. The event will celebrate these writers and their revolutionary spirit.
The event is free and open to everyone. You can RSVP online or by calling (614) 586-1959.