Freedom to Read: 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird

Please take a moment and  look at this video from the CBS Sunday Morning News from July 2010:

 To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50

“The trouble with censorship is that once it starts it is hard to stop. Just about every book contains something that someone objects to.”
~Studs Terkel~

The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has sold over 30 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1960 and has been translated into more than 40 languages. Yet, according to the American Library Association, it still remains one of the top books challenged each year because of its racial theme and offensive language. Isn’t that interesting? Yet, all around the country,  we still are celebrating its 50th anniversary.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my all-time favorite books and I have read it several times. Its powerful message of racial injustice has stayed with me from the very first time that I read this book in high school. Yes, there are things in the book that I did not like and it upset me. Would I ever consider banning it? No!

  I’m grateful to have that freedom to read!

Happy Reading!



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