On Saturday Sept. 24th, the National African American and Culture Museum opened in Washington, D.C. It will stand as a testament to the fortitude of those who refused to be annihilated physically, emotionally and spiritually. Not only did most African Americans’ ancestors suffer physical bondage, but they also suffered intellectual bondage – denied the right, by law, even to learn to read. Just this past week Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the first woman and the first African American to serve as the Librarian of Congress – a symbolic of the move from African American ancestral bondage to custodianship of our nation’s intellectual heritage.
So it is fitting that the grand opening coincides with Banned Books Week, where libraries all over the U.S. honor the freedom to read; a right that applies equally to all U.S. citizens. Please come to Brookens Library and help us celebrate this right that we all enjoy. During the week of September 25th through October 1st., we will have books on display that have either been banned (in a bygone era) or in more contemporary times – challenged. Come take a selfie with your favorite challenged book or share a photo of your book shelf with your favorite challenged books using the hashtags #UISLib #IReadBannedBooks #FreedomToRead.