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Jacqueline Woodson on Writing in the Margins

“I don’t want people to be invisible. People have a right to see themselves in literature.”  --- Jacqueline Woodson 

Reading a book by Jackie Woodson is a breath of fresh air. In her work, Woodson often includes characters who are on the margins---characters of color, gay characters---as a way of capturing an accurate snapshot of the world at large. Since she shines an important light on people, places, and stories that need to be told, she's occasionally been censored. Let's listen to her explain how that was news to her. If that's not enticing enough, the revelation came to her from beloved children's author,  Judy Blume! [1:21]


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