Artist: Bobbie-Frances McDonald
Banned/Challenged Book: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Reason for Banning: Because it covers the topics of race, rape, and molestation, parents in Kansas said the book contained “sexual explicitness and violent imagery.” Others banned it for being “anti-white and encouraging homosexuality.”
Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: The book’s title is taken from the third stanza in “Sympathy” – a poem by African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. I designed this book cover to show the metaphor of a caged bird offering a song of lament for its circumstances. The wrongs of prejudice and oppression cannot be corrected unless someone has the courage to vocalize them.