I couldn\’t think of a better way to celebrate the power of Banned Books Week than to share something wonderful and deeply touching.
In the last several months leading up to this year\’s Banned Books Week I have been humbled and honored to read and share comments and letters I have received from people all over the world touched and inspired by the work of Banned Books Awareness and Reading for Knowledge. Some of them have been words of gratitude and some have included pictures of banned book displays- such as my most recent column about a California bookstore.
In January I shared an email I received from a woman dealing with a censorship effort at her former high school of Toni Morrison\’s Bluest Eye and several other titles. You can read about it in my article, A Multitude of Drops. Tonight I received an update to that effort and knew immediately that I had to share it.
\”I\’m not sure I ever updated you on the progress of my campaign with my former high school. I\’ve been to your website numerous times since and returned today figuring you\’d have something awesome posted about Banned Books Week and I was right! Reading your newest post just reminded me the power we have to speak up for books. My former school did not ban THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison and other titles have remained in the library as well. I posted a few months ago about book banning and the power of books on my blog and mentioned some of the amazing things you had to say as well. But this being Banned Books Week, I thought I would speak about it again, as you encouraged me to do so many months ago. If you\’d like you can check out the post on my blog written under my pen name here: Kayla King Books: Beware the Book
I just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful website and the resource it offers other readers and even people who don\’t understand the power of books. At the end of the day, I suppose it\’s nice to know there are people like you willing to stand up for something that simply shouldn\’t happen. Books are too important to turn a blind eye to this issue. So thank you (one last time) for making people see how important stories and words are to the world.\”
KEEP CALM AND READ ON!
Imagine what can be accomplished and what kind of world we could build if everyone had the willingness to act instead of mutter \”Well, I just (insert excuse here)…\”
Whether it is censorship, general injustice, or whatever issue you hold dear, this underscores in a huge way just how powerful and meaningful a single voice can be. Let these stories of courageous people inspire you to stand up for truth and freedom. I am proud of each of these people. I welcome and applaud their efforts to stand against ignorance, fear, and intolerance.
Total darkness can not exist amid a single flicker of light. Set the world ablaze with light!
R. Wolf Baldassarro is an American poet, writer, and columnist.
He has been a guest on radio, television, and internet podcasts; contributed to various third-party projects; and has material featured in literary publications such as the Mused Literary Review and Punchnel’s “Mythic Indy” anthology. In 2011, he founded Banned Books Awareness and Reading for Knowledge, an international literacy campaign and editorial column for World University.
A seasoned paranormal investigator, his most popular book to date is “A Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide;” and is the author of five other titles and a professional photograph gallery. In 2014 he added actor to his list of accomplishments and will appear in his first feature film as the villainous Klepto King in Aladdin 3477.
He has worked for over a decade in behavioral health and holds degrees in psychology and English. For more on his work and media contact information please visit his official website at www.deepforestproductions.com.