Banned: A community conversation about censorship and freedom of speech

  • Date: Monday, Jun 15, 2015
  • Time: 8:00AM to 11:00AM

Critically acclaimed, Young Adult author Jacqueline Woodson is coming to Jacksonville. Forty teachers and forty young writers will have the opportunity to work with Ms. Woodson in free workshops on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ms. Woodson is a prolific author. Among her many titles are Miracle’s Boys, Show Way, Feathers, After Tupac and D Foster and Brown Girl Dreaming. Her many awards include the Coretta Scott King Award, Margaret Edwards Award, and the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Learn more at

Ms. Woodson will meet with selected teachers and young writers in separate workshops. She will discuss her books and their use in the classroom with teachers. Later in the day, she will inspire young writers to find their voices and express themselves through writing. 

Brown Girl Dreaming is the JaxReads 2015 selection.

 Workshop participants will be selected over the summer. Interested middle school teachers and student writers should request additional information and an application form by writing to by June 15, 2015. There is no charge to apply and no charge to attend a workshop.

Ms. Woodson’s Jacksonville appearances are part of BANNED: A community conversation about censorship and free speech, a project of Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative. Duval County Public Schools is a collaborative partner of the Initiative that focuses on Holocaust education and remembrance. 

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