On the evening of Friday, April 15, Banned: A community conversation about censorship and free speech (Banned) and Friends of Hemming Park co-hosted The Lorax Movie and Green Market, a family-friendly event in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Event activities tied together two important issues during the week preceding Earth Day: the need to protect trees and our environment and the freedom to read. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a favorite banned classic that highlights the environmental impact of deforestation; the Year of the Trees was the Earth Day 2016 theme.
Since Fall 2015, Banned and its collaborative partners have presented more than 70 programs at libraries, museums, college campuses and other venues throughout Duval and St. Johns counties to inform the public on issues of censorship and free speech.
This event was sponsored by FTRF's Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants of 2015.
Grant applications are currently open for 2016 events. Read More about Banned Books Week Event Grants HERE.