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BANNED brings us together to talk about our First Amendment rights of free expression and censorship issues that affect our community. BANNED provides open and balanced forums for discussion. BANNED inspires action and positive change to resolve issues that challenge and divide us.


Beginning in August

Pop-up community conversations

September 27 - October 3rd

National BANNED Books Week. Local activities take place August-October at Jacksonville Public Library [] and St. Johns Public Library System [] and UNF’s Thomas Carpenter Library []. Programs include banned book-to-film screenings, art activities, performances, and read-alouds.

September 1 - October 4th

Jacksonville Public Library’s Jax Reads invites Florida’s First Coast to read and discuss acclaimed, banned author Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” winner of the 2014 National Book, Coretta Scott King and Newbery Honor awards.

September 27th

Express Yourself at the BANNED launch event that celebrates freedom of expression in art, music, literature, and journalism. Live performances, hands-on art activities, early literacy testing, and a banned book character costume parade and contest promote the freedom to read. First Amendment experts are on hand to discuss free speech and censorship. The celebration takes place noon – 5pm, at Hemming Park, Downtown Jacksonville.

September 29th

BANNED @ The Cummer. Executive Director Hope McMath and Chief Curator Holly Keris present “Banned: The Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibition and Censorship,” an in-depth look at censorship of artistic expression during the Nazi regime and beyond. The lectures take place at 4 pm & 7 pm, September 29, at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

For further information or to make your required reservations, please call (904) 899-6038 or register online at

Writer Workshops

BANNED Author Jacqueline Woodson teaches and inspires selected educators and young writers in small group settings. Teachers and young writers can request an application at .

October 3rd

“I’m with the BANNED”
A fundraiser in support of BANNED events on Florida’s First Coast.
Please join us for an evening of music, art and conversation with guest of honor Jacqueline Woodson, acclaimed author of Brown Girl Dreaming.
Music by Mama Blue and Vibe.
Delicious food and libations.
Tickets are available at

October 4th

BANNED Author Jacqueline Woodson presents her memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and shares thoughts on censorship and finding her voice through writing. Her presentation begins at 2:30 pm, October 4, at Main Library. A book signing follows the presentation.

July 16th, October 15th, January 21st, and April 21st

BANNED Book Club meets quarterly to discuss literature that has been banned or challenged in the United States and the reasons why. The club meets at noon, July 16, October 15, January 21 and April 21 at Main Library.

November 9th

Commemoration of the Holocaust’s Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) takes place at 6 pm, November 9 at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). The Nazi regime’s book burnings and art censorship have come to symbolize the loss of free speech and free expression in modern times.


Watch out for the 2016 Events Schedule!


Rules of Conduct for BANNED participation

BANNED prides itself on utilizing First Amendment Rights. Discussion and Forums for all points of view will be welcomed.

Please abide by these simple principles and rules of behavior to create safe spaces for the free expression of ideas and opinions.

  1. Practice respect and courtesy.
  2. ALL ideas and opinions are debatable.
  3. FOCUS – Stick to the topic.
  4. Be concise and clear.

Most of all HAVE A GREAT TIME!


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BANNED is based in or operates from Florida’s First Coast