Challenged: What is censorship and how common is it?


Challenged, banned, or censored. What exactly does the First Amendment protect? What rights do citizens have to protect themselves from unorthodox teachings?  Join experts in the field for a discussion of censorship in schools and public libraries Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Lawson McGhee Library

We are pleased to partner with Clarence Brown Theatre on their upcoming Tennessee premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones. Alabama Story tells of a gentle children's book that stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the Civil Rights Movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts politicians, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty author in a struggle for the soul of the Deep South.

Panelists include:

  • Sarah Searles, Knox County Schools
  • Cindy Welch, Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Nelda Hill, Assistant Director, Knox County Public Library
  • Kenneth Jones, Alabama Story playwright

Funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.