Banned Books 2022 – Bending Toward Justice

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The Lafayette (LA) Public Library Board voted 5-2 to reject a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) which would have provided funds for two facilitators and the purchase of copies of Bending Toward Justice by Gary May and Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones. The grant was part of LEH’s “Who Gets to Vote?” library reading and book discussion program “intended to engage members of the general public in conversations on the history of voting — and efforts to suppress the vote — in the United States.” The library board rejected the grant for not representing “both sides” of the issue of voter suppression. State Senator Gerald Boudreaux called the board’s actions “incomprehensible” in a statement proclaiming that “the other side falls in the category of ‘Jim Crow Laws’ and the ‘KKK.’” Senator Boudreaux said he was working to help the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s DuPre Library secure the funding that had been intended for the Lafayette Public Library so the book discussions can still take place in the community.

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Last updated

August 24, 2022