October 4, 2012
Thursday's card, from the Lawrence Public Library's 2012 Banned Books Week trading card project. Watch the Journal-World for a new card to be highlighted each day this week, and pick up cards of your own at the library, 707 Vt., and the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. ARTIST: Ashton Martin. BOOK: "On the Origin of Species," by Charles Darwin. REASON FOR BANNING: From 1925 to 1967, this book was banned in the state of Tennessee. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: At El Dorado High School, I personally experienced, first-hand, attempts by the School Board to censor teachings of Darwin's theories. Inspired by the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, and a defiant science teacher, I went on to earn a degree from KU in Environmental Science. I dedicate this piece to Trey Harrison and all others who are willing to defy censorship.
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