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ALA/NBC Banned Book Club to Discuss ‘Hood Feminism’

Join the American Library Association (ALA) and Chicago Today’s Banned Book Club for a discussion of Mikki Kendall’s “Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot” on Tuesday, March 26.

In her searing collection of essays, Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on reproductive rights, politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.

"Hood Feminism" has been challenged and banned in Texas and Florida. A school district in Florida pulled the book for review last year for “nudity,” despite the book containing no images or illustrations.

“This is not a logical thing we’re talking about, [these] book bans,” Kendall told "NBC Chicago Today" of the inconsistencies in what books are banned and why. “They aren’t reading the books so they can’t be protecting kids if they don’t know what’s in the books in the first place.”

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot “will be discussed during a live chat on ALA's Facebook page Tuesday, March 26, at 3 p.m. CT. Join us for the discussion!

The Banned Book Club, which began in early 2023, has expanded to additional NBC markets across the U.S. since its debut, with NBC Los Angeles’ California Live and NBC Boston’s The Hub Today joining the efforts to help promote the right to read.

Watch Kendall discuss her book and the book club on "NBC Chicago Today" below.

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