first amendment day

I love First Amendment day for two reasons: 1) Reminds me how blessed I am to have free speech and the ability to share my beliefs and opinion, and 2) All my journalism classes are cancelled. The latter is really the biggest reason I loved Tuesday’s holiday to be completely honest. Anyway, I wasn’t totally off the hook as far as schoolwork goes since a friend and I worked on covering an event for one of our classes. So, if you noticed the numerous and out of character tweets about a banned book reading in the Pit, it was definitely for my class. Our task was to construct a story of the event using Storify, which allows to gather bits of social media into a single story. So, without further ado, here’s a lovely view of First Amendment Day’s banned book reading…

A Reading of Banned Books

UNC-Chapel Hill celebrates our First Amendment rights by reading from a collection of banned, censored and challenged novels and stories.

Chancellor Thorp and others read from books such as The Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games in honor of our right to free speech.

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” was challenged because of “rebellion against parents.” Favorite book as a child. #mybad #1stAmendmentDay
September 27, 2011
Who knew that children’s books like these were called into question?

Students browse through banned books at Bull’s Head Bookshop. Many novels and stories that have been praised as classics and must-reads have also been censored or challenged.

ALA | Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th century

Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. See Frequently Challenged Books for more details. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.
From books to Broadway, even songs from the musical Wicked have been censored for objectionable subject matter. #1stAmendmentDay
September 27, 2011

Ta Da!


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