1984 or 2024? Book Bans. Censorship. The Fight for Democracy

Mar 11, 2024

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

Orwell's 1984—a fictional tale of censorship & absolute authoritarianism—foreshadowed the anti-democratic playbook in use today by extremists seeking to bend the arc away from justice. Today a vocal minority is systematically stripping away the freedom to read, community by community. But 2024 is not 1984. Panelists will discuss the rising censorship agenda & how, with the leadership of parents, librarians, authors, & advocates in communities across the country, we can leverage collective power to defend the freedom to read & turn the page on this Orwellian playbook.

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Anjene (Aj) Davis

Lowcountry Black Parents Association

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Skye Perryman

Democracy Forward

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Adam Webb

Advocates for All Arkansas Libraries; Garland County Library

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