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Bobbie-Frances McDonald

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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.

One Comment

  1. Frances Anne Billker says:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” (Edmund Burke). An excellent representation of “Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Ms McDonald.”The wrongs of prejudice and oppression cannot be corrected unless someone has the courage to vocalize them.” Sad that we live in a political climate where books such as “Why the Caged Bird Sings” are still looked upon as dangerous and fit for banning and the vocalization of continuing discrimination, prejudice and oppression is still silenced.

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