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I Know Why They Don't Want the Caged Bird to Sing

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A good excuse to revisit a classic.

Maybe it'll make for a handy excuse to throw a book banning question to Palin tomorrow. It’s the 27th Annual Banned Books Week. The American Library Association uses this week to rally against censorship. Last year, the ALA received 420 formal “challenges,” written complaints that books be removed because of content or inappropriateness. Stamps native Maya Angelou’s memoir, “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings,” placed eighth among the 2007 most challenged list. It perennially ranks, though maybe the would-be censors are starting to see the light. From 1990 to 1999, it placed third, and from 2000 until 2007, fifth.    
 

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