Today, May 25, 2022, marks two years since George Floyd’s life was taken by the hands of police. While in our modern times police killings are one of the the most tragic ways we as Black people are being erased, it often starts subtly and quietly, yet deeply shapes the manner in which our culture operates, and censorship is no exception!
On February 2, 2022, Dean Valerie Ann Johnson of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities at Shaw University held a “We Won’t Be Banned” Book Campaign. Dean Johnson gathered Shaw students to read excerpts from books by Black authors that have appeared on several banned book lists. The campaign was produced by Ric Swiner and orchestrated in collaboration with the Center for Racial and Social Justice. Click here to learn more about the campaign
This video campaign is a six-part series with a new video being released each Wednesday for the next five weeks. The name of each reader and their banned book is as follows:
- Dean Valerie Ann Johnson: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (Below)
- Zaid Steele: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
- Aydia Cobb: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
- Mikeal Barnes ll: White Rage by Carol Anderson
- Natasha Parker: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
- Whitney Osideko: And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
We read aloud, publicly and proudly to combat the eradication and erasure of Black communities. Enjoy!