NCAC Banned Books Week Event on Oct. 1 at the New York Historical Society Credit: Associated Press by Copyright

If freedom of expression is deeply ingrained in American society, why were more than 3,000 book bans reported in the 2022-2023 school year? 

Organizations like the National Coalition Against Censorship have been asking questions like this for almost 50 years. Founded in 1974, NCAC has worked tirelessly on the frontlines to promote freedom of thought and inquiry and to oppose censorship. 

Christine Emeran, director of NCAC’s Youth Expression Project, says the demand to protect student thought, speech, and intellectual opportunity is higher now than ever. 

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Aziah Siid

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