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October 4, 2014

National Banned Books Week

National Banned Books Week

National Banned Books Week

The importance of literacy can be traced throughout
historical spans of time. Time holds the keys to the
changes in the importance of literacy and reading.

“The power of literacy lies not only in the ability to read
and write, but rather in an individual’s capacity to put
those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her
own life.” What is Literacy

From the first writings that were displayed in cave drawings
to the technical writings found in today’s blogging and
writings of technical knowledge to the passions of poetic
abilities that express the dynamics of human existence.

Just as there is the diversity of human essentials in living
this influences the diversity of creative expression that
has influenced the writing of books, essays, short stories
and poetry. Each piece of literary works is a piece of the
author’s soul, a slice of spiritual essence that carries within
a story based on the writer’s quintessence.
It is hard to understand the literary creative process if you
have not given birth to some form of written expression and
willing to take the chance of criticism to share with the world.

“National Banned Books Week” was celebrated at the Jacksonville
Public Library with “Before Emails…. Reader Theater Literacy
Program.” Lead by Emanuel Washington, Tangela Floyd and
accompanied by an all star cast of educators, community
activists, business leaders, coaches and leaders in their
respective places in Jacksonville, Florida.
Highlighted were American classic literary works that were once
banned because of perceived negative influences on young
minds and impressionable emotionally sensitive girls and boys
across this nation of school age.

The magic of Before Emails: Reader Theater Literary Program
was that each reader gave a passionate voice to the authors,
characters, and shared critical points of view in celebrating
each author and their works. Books such as Huckleberry Finn,
The Color Purple, Harry Potter (series), I Know Why The Caged
Bird Sings, Hello God, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time
Indian and many more.

The fight for freedom of speech has been forever embraced
by the founding fathers in the Constitution of the United States,
but there is still a struggle in literacy to have free and open
expression by authors sharing their crafts of literary expression.
Even as television, Internet, wireless communications allow for
sometimes questionable materials laden with profanity, racism,
religious doctrine, and other elements that can be found in the
airwaves of the world. Books are still banned, censored,
questioned, criticized, and brought through legal challenges to
stop them from being published and shared.

The history of banned books can be traced back to the Roman
days around 500 B.C. The execution of Socrates in 399 B.C.
maybe the most famous case of censorship, Roman people
wanted to silence Socrates because they were afraid of the
effect his ideas had on the youth of Rome. In the 21st century
this idea still is present traveled through history from China the
year of 213 B.C where parchments were burned to stop
independent thoughts and ideas, burning of the Library of
Alexandria in Egypt between 50 B.C. and A.D. 700, the
beginning of the Renaissance where the Catholic Church
published the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a list of books
that Catholics were not suppose to read.

Throughout history the banning and burning of books
has taken place, who can forget in the 20th century the Nazi’s
custom of mass book burnings and persecution of people with
ideas that did not agree with Nazi philosophy. Each generation
has some historical evidence of the banning of books, literature
and other works of art.
The Reader Theatre allowed books to be shared with the
audience, even welcomed students from Raines High School whose
love of literacy and reading were evident from the excited looks and
animated expressions of recognition as each book was presented.

This literary live performance
shows that having personal
liberties and freedoms should also
include the liberty and freedom
to read works of literature from any
genre, culture, gender, race and background.

The cast of readers included:
E-mail : A Readers Theaters Literacy Program
1. Ari Turner 2. Darryl Willie 3. W. Earl Kitchings 4. Tangela Floyd
5. Lisa Brown-Buggs. 6. Roxann Hilbert and Ramona L. Roberts. Writer

Reader Theater Photos

Presented by Young Minds Building Success Charities.
To learn more through Twitter: @BannedBooksWeek
Banned Book Week

Introduction of Readers

Emanuel Washington Highlighting Readers

Lisa Buggs Highlighting Reader Theater

The Before Email: Reader Theater – Readers of the Evening

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


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