“Illinois Prison Removes More than 200 Books from Prison Library”

Photo by: Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

Source: Illinois Newsroom (NPR)

“I said, ‘Are they removing all black books?’ I was totally taken aback by the list of books, and what their objection is to the books,” Ammons said. Reading about the history of slavery, post-emancipation and the black experience in the United States “is an important part of developing an African-American person that is whole in society. So, if you take that away from them, you have, in essence, denied their very nature, their humanity… you can’t tell them that they don’t deserve to know what happened to them,” she added.”

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