Sunday, March 11, 2012
Tucson Festival of Books 2012 photo by Brenda Norrell Censored News
The students who refuse to be silenced and their banned books:
Students from the Mexican American Studies classes in Tucson,
now forbidden by Tucson public schools, with the banned books
by Chicano and Native authors seized from their classrooms.
Maria Teresa describes how Tucson public schools now forbids students to discuss their culture, or the Chicano and Native American books seized from their classrooms. This interview followed award winning author Luis Alberto Urrea speaking at the Tucson Festival of Books 2012. Urrea, featured at the festival, is among the authors whose books are banned now by Tucson public schools for use in the classroom. There were over 50 Chicano and Native American authors on the reading list for Mexican American Studies, including Sherman Alexie, Ofelia Zepeda and dozens of Native authors in Rethinking Columbus. (Interview by Brenda Norrell Censored News)
Crystal Echerivel, from the Mexican American Studies class now forbidden by Tucson public schools, interviewed at the Tucson Book Festival 2012. She describes how it made her feel to have her culture forbidden and books banned. Interview by Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Luis Alberto Urrea, featured author of the Tucson Festival of Books, is among the authors whose books, and the students discussion of those books, are banned in Tucson public schools. Photo: Urrea signs books after speaking at the festival, as Tucson high students share their stories and banned books.