Award-winning broadcast journalists Bill Moyers (and Banned Books Week Honorary Co-Chair along with Judith Davidson Moyers), the host of “Moyers & Company” on public television and a long-time supporter of Banned Books Week, has produced a video essay addressing the importance of our freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
In his video essay titled “The Bane of Banned Books,” Moyers talks about how libraries provided his first opportunity to indulge his love of reading and learning, and shares his dismay over efforts to remove books from schools and libraries in modern times.
Moyers’ video is part of the Virtual Read Out, an advocacy campaign to spotlight the harms of censorship of books in schools and libraries, and provide an opportunity for readers to demonstrate their support for the First Amendment by reading from their favorite banned or challenged books.
Those interested in participating can do so by uploading a three-minute video to the Banned Books Week YouTube. More than 800 videos were uploaded during Banned Books Week last year and included posts from highly acclaimed and/or frequently challenged authors Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Chris Crutcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Lauren Myracle and many more.
To find information on book challenges and bans in your area, or a listing of Banned Books Week events sponsored by libraries, bookstores and other groups throughout the United States, visit the Banned Books Week website.
*Submitted by Jennifer Petersen, Public Information Office