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Biloxi Blues: School District in Mississippi Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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This past weekend, the film Marshall opened in theaters starring Chadwick Boseman. Marshall chronicles one case in the early career of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  The case, prior to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case Marshall presented before the high court and won, saw him defending a black man (played by Emmy winner and breakout star of ‘This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown) falsely accused of raping a white woman in Connecticut in 1940. Watching this little-known case in Marshall’s career play out on film, one cannot help but to recall how similar cases of false rape accusations of black men by white women have been portrayed in film (Rosewood comes to mind) and in literature. While rape…

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The Mockingbird’s Voice is Stilled: Harper Lee Dies at 89

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Book lovers sensed Harper Lee’s secret—she was a fellow reader. In a way, her life after the astonishing overnight success of To Kill a Mockingbird was a reader’s dream. She kept a quiet existence dividing her time between her small Southern town and tiny New York City apartment, which must have allowed plenty of time to devour books without needing to interrupt a good story with such nuisances as a day job. The author, whose fame arose from what has been called the most important book of the 20th century, has passed at the age of 89. In 2006 she shared her love of books with Oprah Winfrey and readers of her magazine, O. She recalled her earliest reading experience:…

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