Library to host panel on censorship

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Kenneth Jones, playwright of “Alabama Story,” the upcoming production of Clarence Brown Theatre, will be in Knoxville for the Tennessee premier of his work.


Jones will participate in a panel discussion on book banning and censorship in schools and public libraries at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave.

Other panelists are Sarah Searles, Knox County Schools; and Cindy Welch, professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee. Nelda Hill, assistant director, Knox County Public Library, will facilitate the discussion.

“Alabama Story” tells of a gentle children’s book that stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the Civil Rights Movement is flowering, says a press statement by the library. Inspired by true events, “Alabama Story” puts politicians, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty author in a struggle for the soul of the Deep South.

Learn more about Kenneth Jones here.

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