Presented by Lush Cosmetics

Banned Book Library

Mar 12, 2023

9:00am – 5:00pm CT

Across the United States, local and state initiatives are attempting to regulate what can and cannot be taught to students. School board meetings are debating students' access to books. And elected leaders are threatening the educators teaching the truth about structural racism. Notably, politicians like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are dismantling public education by outlawing the teaching of Critical Race Theory—claiming that teaching these truths would create a "woke dumpster fire".

Brought to SXSW by Lush Cosmetics, the Zinn Education Project and the African American Policy Forum, this activation offers visitors the opportunity to understand the full scope of the education crisis facing educators and students across the United States. Visitors exploring the library will access more than 60 banned books by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors; a map highlighting the states that have implemented +2500 book bans and legislation impacting educators in the last 18 months; and the opportunity to learn more about the growing movement to teach truth in the classroom.

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