By Denisha Gregory
Glendale Community College Amnesty International Club hosted their annual Banned Books Reading on Tuesday October 4 apart of Banned Books Week. On Tuesday students and members were welcomed to participate in this event by reading from a banned, challenged, or censored publication. According to the American Library Association an average of 1500 books were challenged by reason for being sexually explicit or vulgar language. Most books are challenged because the intention Is to protect the people especially children. The American Library Association says the three main reasons why a book would be challenged is because
- Material considered to be sexually explicit
- Material contained offensive language
- Material was unsuited to any age group
“It’s important that we pay attention to what our government censors, if you do not know what your government is doing you wont know how your community will be shaped or impacted by the government action,” vice president of GCC Amnesty International club Talima (Theresa) Flores said.
Banned books is a national movement to highlight civil right violations. Amnesty International club focus is political prisoner of consciousness.
Faculty and students who were part of the Banned Books censorship class taught by Dr. Jennifer Lane, were given the opportunity to read two minute sections that covered journalists, novelists, and educators who been imprisoned or killed for something they had written.
“The importance of banned book week is to educate. We are an example of higher education,” Flores said.
The overall purpose of the reading was designed to make students and members of the GCC community aware of a few hidden truths.