Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.

Banned in Fremont

Come join a once-a-month Fremont community common read of the two books the Fremont School Board censored from the Advanced Placement English class of Washington High School:

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
One of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award
"Close to flawless" - New York Times Book Review

Angels in America by Tony Kushner
1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
1993 Tony Award for Best Play

We meet on second Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm, November thru April.

Homework for May 8: None. We will watch the film of Bastard Out of Carolina, written by Dorothy Allison.

Where: Mission Peak UU Congregation
Cole Hall (directions)
2950 Washington Blvd. in Fremont

Cost for Class: Free! You just need a copy of the book.*
*Books will be available for purchase at the class.

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October 28 - Press Coverage of the October 24th First Class

Huffington Post, October 25: Church Teaches Class On Banned Books In Defiance Of Local School District

CBS Channel 5, October 24: Interview with Teacher, Teri Hu after the October 24 class

The Atlantic Wire, October 24: page down to "Unitarian church to teach banned books"

Mercury News, October 23: Church offering class on books banned by Fremont school board

October 15 - Join Fremont Common Read, Sponsored by Mission Peak UU Congregation

Did you know that the Fremont School Board is the only School Board in the entire United States to ban the book Angels in America by Tony Kushner? Did you know this book also has appeared on the national A.P. English exam?

Mission Peak UU has hired Washington High School A.P. English teacher Teri Hu to teach to the Fremont community Angels in America as well as a second book banned by the School Board, Bastard out of Carolina.

The class seeks to educate the community about the true value of these two transformative twentieth century works whose value goes beyond their use in an exam; these are literary texts that inform readers about the human experience and broaden their horizons.

"Often with book challenges, a book is quietly removed and the discussion ends there. In this case, Mission Peak UU has taken the initiative to open an educational, productive dialogue about what these texts have to offer," said Acacia O'Connor, Coordinator of Kids' Right to Read, a project of the National Coalition Against Censorship. "Restricting their use in the classroom denies students the right to explore these important texts in a safe and supportive educational environment."

"I truly believe that once Fremont residents have a chance to read these books and engage with them in a thought-provoking, structured setting, they will immediately understand the power and educational value of these books," said Teri Hu. "And my hope is that by introducing these books to the larger community we can make sure the Board understands that Fremont parents want their kids to read these books, and that the classroom is exactly the kind of place where they should be encountering the complicated ideas and emotions they generate."

The class will meet once a month for eight months. The first meeting will be an orientation to the books, the class and the controversy. The following three months will be spent discussing Angels in America. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the class. People are encouraged to attend as they can and not feel they have to be at all eight sessions.

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