All students have the right to read and learn about diverse topics and viewpoints – including their own identity – inside and outside the classroom.

Right now, in Mississippi classrooms and libraries, there's a coordinated attack on our students' right to read and learn.

The attack on students' rights is especially disgraceful because Mississippi continuously ranks low among states for academic achievement. Instead of empowering teachers and providing adequate resources, politicians and school boards are making moves to ban books and erase history.

Restricting access to books in school libraries—places that are central to our abilities to explore ideas, encounter new perspectives, and learn to think for ourselves – is a misguided attempt to suppress students' rights.

While our teams push exhaustively at the State Capitol, in school board meetings, and in town halls, public support will also make a huge difference. There are several ways you can join the fight, from mobilizing your community to signing the pledge to support Mississippi's students. 


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By adding your name, you are telling elected officials that you oppose any efforts that would criminalize or censor books and education about race and gender – and that you support students, educators, and everyone's fundamental right to learn.

Join us in this critical fight for free speech and equitable education. Take our pledge today.

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Educate yourself on classroom censorship and effective tactics to defend the right to read and learn.

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For All Podcast Episode 8: The Truths and Myths of Critical Race Theory

What is Critical Race Theory? Who is learning it? And what have politicians been getting wrong about it? Hear from Chauncey Spears, Education Policy Analyst for the Mississippi Center for Justice.

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Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Classroom Censorship?

This year, the country has seen a staggering number of policies censoring classroom discussions around topics like race, sex, and gender identity. Coupled with these efforts are bans on books that also center around these subjects — bans which hinder students’ ability to learn and talk about these critical topics that impact their daily lives.

In order to protect our right to learn, we must recognize that these policies hinder people’s understanding of their country’s history, the world and communities around them, and themselves. We must also celebrate the literary works that take on these topics. 

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Blog: How to Start a Banned Book Club

Ella Scott, student and co-founder of her high school’s Banned Book Club, tells us what inspired her to take action and shares advice on how to combat book bans in your own school.

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Right to Learn: Your Guide to Combatting Classroom Censorship

Here is a comprehensive ACLU toolkit to help you fight against censorship in your schools and communities. These resources are designed for further understanding of who passes laws that affect your education and how you can take action to protect your right to learn. Explore to learn more about how you can reach out and get your demands heard.

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For your convenience, view a version of this toolkit as a PDF below.