YAF Breaks Burbank Blockade Of Academic Freedom, Provides Banned Books To Students
By: Spencer Brown
Young America’s Foundation will provide to Burbank students—free of charge—classic books that were banned by the Burbank Unified School District in November. The banned works include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Cay by Theodore Taylor, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.
In addition to putting the books Burbank schools are attempting to hide directly into students’ hands, YAF is calling on those with the power to do the right thing—the board members of the Burbank Unified School District—to immediately rescind their ban on these books.
“This ban is nothing short of academic censorship and goes against the freedoms and liberties on which our country was founded,” noted Paige Huleis, a YAF activist and student at Burbank High School. “Burbank Unified School District is hindering the ability of students like me to learn, grow, and develop. My peers and I are grateful that YAF and concerned Americans are taking action to right this wrong.”“These books are classics of American fiction precisely because they address uncomfortable historical truths from our past,” said Rob Raede, who—along with his wife Ellen—are the generous Young America’s Foundation supporters making these books available to Burbank USD students. “We are proud to do what we can to make sure the students of Burbank have access to this great literature, despite the efforts of the book-banning cowards on the school board to deny to their students the lessons contained within.”