"Censorship is the suppression of ideas and information that some individuals, groups, or government officials find objectionable or dangerous. Would-be censors try to use the power of the state to impose their view of what is truthful and appropriate, or offensive and objectionable, on everyone else. Censors pressure public institutions, like libraries, to suppress and remove information they judge inappropriate or dangerous from public access, so that no one else has the chance to read or view the material and make up their own minds about it. The censor wants to prejudge materials for everyone. It is no more complicated than someone saying, “Don’t let anyone read this book, or buy that magazine, or view that film, because I object to it!”" (taken from the American Library Assocation's page on Censorship and the First Amendment).
The vast majority of challenged and banned books reflect either LGBTQ+ or BIPOC content. In light of that, I would like to highlight two separate organizations that are working to fight these challenges and ensure equitable and inclusive access to titles in which everyone has an opportunity to see themselves reflected.