What had happened to T.J. in the night I did not understand,
but I knew that it would not pass. And I cried for those
things which had happened in the night and would not pass.
I cried for T.J. For T.J. and the land.
Mildred D. Taylor
Keeping with the theme of Banned Books Week and this week’s particular theme of taking a knee, I chose a quote from a banned book as your creativity prompt. The book is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. It’s a book about racism in the United States in the 1930’s and in 1977 it won the Newbery Award for “distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Interesting to note that many Newbery Award winners also get their books banned or challenged.
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Roll of Thunder Hear, My Cry is most often banned because of “racial epithets” or racial bias and slurs. The Seminole School Board of Florida received a request to ban it in 2004. Here is a response that the National Coalition Against Censorship sent to the Seminole School Board on January 26th, 2004. On January 27th, 2004 the Seminole School Board voted 5 to 0 to keep the book in the school curriculum.
I’d love to see where this quote takes you in your creativity.
Below are some Newbery Medal winning books that have been challenged or banned over the years.