They Want Us to Be Quiet: Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us


Thu, Oct 06, 2022
6:00 to 7:30



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Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson

Join us to mark Banned Books Week and celebrate the freedom to read.

How can we build empathy across communities and differences if the stories we hear represent only a few voices? Kim Johnson shares how stories can help us reckon with our past and shape a more just future, where diverse perspectives can thrive.

A social activist as a teen, Kim Johnson is now an educator, college administrator and the award-winning author of This Is My America, a story that explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. Her new book, Invisible Son, comes out in 2023. This teen coming-of-age story explores love and friendship under the backdrop of a global pandemic in a self-proclaimed progressive city with more Black Lives Matter signs than Black people.

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Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Target audience:

Adults, Educators, Teens

Event type:

Lectures & author talks