Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Banned Book Week: Those who fight against banning

Today I came across a really well written article by Eugenia Kim. In it Kim described how her father Jacob Kim, an immigrant from Korea, stopped a school from banning several books that many of the other parents found offensive.

The time period for this was the 60s & the books in question were The Little Red Book and The Communist Manifesto. While Jacob Kim had every reason to say that he wanted those books banned, he insisted that the books be taught.

"When he said reading breeds intelligence and understanding, not ignorance, treason, fear or hatred, they understood."

I just had to add this to my BBW blog posts- this really was a wonderful story. I hope more people post about how they or their parents helped to keep a book on the shelves of a school.

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