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.