Shonda Rhimes, Julia Roberts, Among Other Stars, Speak Out Against Book Banning in #LetAmericaRead Campaign

The CAA Foundation and the Campaign for Our Shared Future are harnessing star power to fight censorship. Launching today, #LetAmericaRead invites supporters to join the campaign to oppose book banning, which is occurring in public schools and libraries nationwide.

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Harnessing star power, the CAA Foundation (CAAF), in partnership with the Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF), have launched #LetAmericaRead in response to book banning occurring nationwide in public schools and libraries.

CAAF, a philanthropy of Creative Artists Agency, joins with COSF in the effort starting today, which features big-name stars—from Julia Roberts, Sterling K. Brown, and Julianna Margulies, to Selma Blair, Shonda Rhimes and Andy Cohen, among others—"to raise awareness of the growing danger of book bans in America," according to the release (below).

“History is clear: good ideas are strengthened through contest, as governments are through debate. Since time immemorial, book banning has been the refuge of leaders who fear that their arguments and writs cannot withstand scrutiny. Its violence is born of weakness. And we are not a weak people – fighting book bans is an act of patriotism and a show of strength,” states Emmy Award-winning actress, Julianna Margulies.

Want to participate?

The campaign invites supporters to share #LetAmericaRead posts and create their own. Select a banned book—they reference the PEN America list— and make a related post, image, or video and publish with the tags @LetAmericaRead #LetAmericaRead. 

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The full release follows:





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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka is editor in chief of School Library Journal.

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