Meet the moms of color from Texas fighting book bans at their kids’ schools – NBC News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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About a year ago, in Round Rock, Texas, about 20 miles outside Austin, complaints about book on the history of racist ideas in the United States led to threats to remove it from the school’s reading list. 

But as the local school district debated whether “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” should remain part of the curriculum, thousands of parents, teachers and community members signed a petition calling on the district’s board of trustees to keep the book on school shelves.

The Round Rock Black Parents Association was a crucial part of the mobilization against the attempt to ban the book, which is by the Black authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and is a young adult adaptation of Kendi’s “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the national book award for nonfiction in 2016.

Ashley Walker, third from the right, in red, poses with other members of the Round Rock Black Parents Association, which has pushed back against attempts to ban books by authors of color in local schools.Courtesy Charles Glenn Photography

One way the parents association did this was organizing groups such as ACT Anti-racists Coming Together to speak out in support of diverse literature at a local school board meeting. 

“Taking away that book would have completely whitewashed history, and that’s not what we are for,” Ashley Walker, 33, one of more than 400 members of the Round Rock Black Parents Association, said. 

The district’s trustees ultimately decided to keep “Stamped,” which the American Library Association said was one of the most challenged books of 2020, on


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