For the #BannedBooksReadingChallenge of U.P. Contend, an organization of U.P. faculty members #UniversityofthePhilippines #UPDiliman (three or four audio posts here were from books/ materials that were banned when they were first released/ published)
Background for choosing this book for this post: TIME Magazine, Oct. 16, 2017: “A school district in Mississippi decided to remove To Kill A Mockingbird from its curriculum because the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which deals with issues of race and civil rights, made people uncomfortable.
“The Biloxi, Miss. district’s decision to stop assigning the acclaimed book by Harper Lee last week has revived a debate of censorship across the country. School administrators and faculty have not specified what prompted them to remove To Kill a Mockingbird from the eighth grade reading list, the Sun Herald reports.
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“To Kill A Mockingbird has been one of the most consistently challenged or banned books since its release in 1960, according to the American Library Association’s list of censorship attempts.”
(The soundcloud pod below is from the 2015 archives of this blog) : The author, Harper Lee, used the point of view of five-year-old Scout Finch, one of the characters, as narrator.
(on mobile, tap “Listen in browser” on the soundcloud pod below to hear Atticus’s five-year-old daughter, Scout Finch, on the same page)