Friday's card is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou, banned because it covers the topics of race, rape and molestation, parents in Kansas said the book contained "sexual explicitness and violent imagery." Others banned it for being "anti-white and encouraging homosexuality." ARTIST: Bobbie-Frances McDonald. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: The book's title is taken from the third stanza in "Sympathy" — a poem by African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. I designed this book cover to show the metaphor of a caged bird offering a song of lament for its circumstances. The wrongs of prejudice and oppression cannot be corrected unless someone has the courage to vocalize them.


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