Sunday, September 25, 2005

Banned Book Reading at the Royale

Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
-Mark Twain

Local Community Leaders to Read Excerpts From Targeted Books

ST. LOUIS - In commemoration of Banned Books Week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (ACLU-EM) will host a Banned Books Reading and Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at The Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway.

Local community leaders and activists who will read selected passages from challenged or banned books include Editor of The St. Louis Journalism Review, Ed Bishop, Spoken work artist and host of Sistah Speak, Nailah, Executive Director of the ASC Foundation and the co-host of Literature for the Halibut on KDHX Ann Haubrich, and Spoken word artist, Bodacious. The readings will start at 7 p.m.

"The ACLU opposes censorship," said Scott Emanuel, ACLU-EM Project Coordinator. "For over 200 years, the right to choose what we see and hear and read has been one of our most cherished freedoms. Permitting restraints on literature sets the stage for attacks on all expression that is artistically or politically controversial or that portrays unpleasant realities of life. We think that an event like this is a great way to engage the community and demonstrate the great literary losses that censorship brings."

Among the books that remain on the American Libraries Association's 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books are the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings, "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.

Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read is observed each year during the last week of September (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) to remind Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. For more info about the National Banned Books Week visit the American Libraries Association website at

A percentage of the bar will support the ACLU-EM. For more information about the ACLU-EM Banned Books Reading and Happy Hour, please call 314-361-3635, extension 27.

The ACLU-EM is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of civil liberties in eastern Missouri. Located in St. Louis ACLU-EM is an affiliate of the national ACLU. The ACLU-EM defends civil liberties and the principles of equality and justice in eastern Missouri through its Litigation, Legislative and Public Education Programs. The ACLU was founded in 1920 as the first public interest law firm of its kind, and is recognized as the country's foremost advocate of individual rights.


Blogger Burt Bollinger said...

sweet idea...while there, we can play a game of "spot the government agent sent to infiltrate."

just kidding...I think.

9:31 AM  

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