MahoganyBooks recognizes Banned Black Books during Banned Books Week 2022

MahoganyBooks List of Banned Black Books 2022
MahoganyBooks List of Banned Black Books 2022
WASHINGTON - Sept. 1, 2022 - PRLog -- MahoganyBooks will recognize Banned Books Week throughout September, with special attention to banned books written by Black authors. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. The week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express all ideas. Banned Books Week 2022 will be held from September 18th to 24th. The theme of this year's event is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us."

"Five of the top ten authors banned in 2021 were authors of color. Many literary works are banned from school libraries under the guise they are teaching critical race theory. However, most banned books don't teach critical race theory but are written by and about people of color. Censorship makes books inaccessible to marginalized groups, especially youth of color. They need the positive self-reflection and representation to find community support, validation, and even inspiration," said Derrick and Ramunda Young, founders and owners of MahoganyBooks.

MahoganyBooks recently celebrated Black Books Matter Day on August 6th, which recognizes the significant impact Black authors have on the lives of their readers and society. MahoganyBooks aims to promote reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love, and, ultimately, our communities. Learn more about Banned Black Books at

About MahoganyBooks

Started in 2007 by husband and wife Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks has one of the largest online inventories of books for and about people of the African Diaspora. It has grown from being exclusively an online bookstore to opening the doors of its first physical location in the historic Washington, DC neighborhood of Anacostia in 2014, then its flagship location at National Harbor, Prince George's County, Maryland, in 2021. Founders of Black Books Matter Day, Derrick and Ramuda's love for culture, community, and connection and their desire to see books empower others as it had empowered them. Over the years, MahoganyBooks has connected readers to writers for exciting and thought-provoking literary events with the likes of President Barack Obama, the late U.S. Representative John Lewis, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Misty Copeland, Gabrielle Union, and D.C.'s "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry among others.

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