P!nk Distributes Banned Books on Race and Sexuality At Concerts in Florida
Pop star P!nk has pledged to give away 2,000 banned books at her upcoming concerts in Florida this week. She made the announcement in an Instagram livestream with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel and poet Amanda Gorman.
Renowned for her activism, P!nk will distribute four titles that faced censorship in various Florida school districts. These are “The Family Book” by Todd Parr, “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman, “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, and a book from the “Girls Who Code” series founded by Reshma Saujani.
Florida’s recent legislative actions which allow for books to be removed from schools and public libraries have ignited controversy. Critics argue they limit vital conversations about systemic racism, sexuality, and gender orientation. Florida overtook Texas during the last school year with more books banned in public school classrooms and libraries than any other state in the United States, with 40% of all documented bans.
P!nk highlighted that as a mother of two avid readers, “I can’t imagine my own parents telling me what my kids can and cannot read, let alone someone else’s parents”. She further stated, “Books have held a special joy for me from the time I was a child, and that’s why I am unwilling to stand by and watch while books are banned by schools”.
The Grammy award winning singer has been a supporter of various charities including No Kid Hungry, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Autism Speaks, and Human Rights Campaign, and she is an ambassador for UNICEF USA.