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Silencing Black Voices

Censorship and book banning are often seen as forms of control and suppression and can limit the free exchange of ideas and freedom of speech. Here is a limited list of some banned books by African American authors: (the list has significantly grown and will be updated monthly)

"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker "Go Tell It on the Mountain" by James Baldwin "Native Son" by Richard Wright "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston "Beloved" by Toni Morrison "If He Hollers Let Him Go" by Chester Himes "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Malcolm X and Alex Haley "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou "Black Boy" by Richard Wright "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois

It's worth noting that books by African American authors and authors from other marginalized communities have frequently been banned and challenged due to their content and themes, including issues of race, sexuality, and oppression.

Read more about this in Intellectual Ink Issue 23


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