A stack of books behind a lock and chainsRacial Justice and True Accotink Colors host a monthly Banned Book Club. It meets via Zoom at 7pm on the second Tuesday of every month. Visit the event calendar to find out about our next discussion.

You don’t have to be a member of AUUC to participate. We welcome friends, family, members of other UU congregations, and also those in the community at large.

At each meeting, we discuss the month’s book and the reasons for its banning. We also discuss ways to fight book banning. You can join us whether or not you’ve read the book.

Contact us (or email Mary K.) for more information including the Zoom link and to be added to the Banned Book Club mailing list.

2003-2024 Schedule

Date Titles & Authors
July 11, 2023 Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
Antiracist Baby
by Ibram X. Kendi
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice
by Marianne Celano
August 8, 2023 Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
September 12, 2023 Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
October 10, 2023 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
November 14, 2023 This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
December 12, 2023 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
January 9, 2024 Maus by Art Spiegelman
February 13, 2024 Beloved by Toni Morrison
March 12, 2024 Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
April 9, 2024 The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine
May 14, 2024 New Kid by Jerry Craft
June 11, 2024 Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Past Discussions: 2022-2023

Date Titles & Authors
August 9, 2022 All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
September 13, 2022 Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
October 11, 2022 All Boys Aren’t Blue by George Johnson
November 8, 2022 Melissa by Alex Gino
December 13, 2022 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
January 10, 2023 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
February 14, 2023 Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
March 14, 2023 Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
April 11, 20234 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
May 9, 2023 Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook
June 13, 2023 Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss


We welcome anyone to facilitate discussion of a particular book; just let Mary K & Kate M know ahead of time. We also welcome suggestions of challenged and/or banned books to read in the future!