A native of New York and a graduate of Queens College, Judith joined the staff of the Association of American Publishers in 1979. From 1986–2011 she was Director of Communications and Public Affairs and in 1996 also assumed the title of Director of Freedom to Read. Since 2011 she has been Director of Free Expression Advocacy, coordinating the work of the AAP Freedom to Read Committee, the publishing industry advisory body that serves as watchdog and advocate on issues pertaining to intellectual freedom and the First Amendment, and directing AAP’s international freedom to publish activities on behalf of publishers overseas who are subjected to political intimidation and denied free expression rights.
Judith is a Board member of the Freedom to Read Foundation and Media Coalition. She has served as President of the Foundation, 2007–2009, and as Chair of Media Coalition. Before joining AAP, Mrs. Platt worked for Time-Life Books, and prior to that spent seven years reporting on Washington legislative affairs for a national trade group. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Thank you, Judith Platt, for your enthusiasm for and dedication to the Freedom to Read Foundation. We are a stronger organization for your commitment.
Thank you for your dedication to bringing the various entities of the book community together. You recognize the truth that readers, writers, publishers, booksellers, and libraries are inextricably bound by our common love of and appreciation of the power of the written word. Your leadership of coalitions including the Media Coalition, Campaign for Reader Privacy, the Kids Right to Read Project, and Banned Books Week is a testament to your remarkable organization and interpersonal skills.
Thank you, Judy, for your outspoken opposition to censorship and for your support of privacy rights. During your reign with the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read Committee you have spoken out against book bans and restrictions, stood up against misuse of libel and other laws, advocated on behalf of overseas publishers who are subjected to political intimidation, and remained steadfast in your commitment to our right to read without government snooping.
Thank you for the passion, wisdom, generosity, and humanity with which you approach all your endeavors. Thank you particularly for sharing with us your great sense of humor!
Thank you, Judy, for epitomizing what it means to be a defender of our most cherished freedoms. On behalf of the members, trustees, and staff of the Freedom to Read Foundation, we are delighted to add you to the Roll of Honor.
Candace D. Morgan, President
Barbara M. Jones, Executive Director