The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Hitmaker P!nk has teamed with free-speech advocates PEN America and will distribute banned books at her first couple of concert stops in Florida this week.
P!nk, known for chart-topping hits such as “Raise Your Glass,” “Get This Party Started” and “So What,” kicks off the Florida leg of her current tour in Miami on Tuesday, with a performance in Sunrise on Wednesday before arriving in Orlando for a pair of concerts Saturday and Sunday.
At her South Florida stops, the singer announced Monday, 2,000 copies of four books that have been banned by various public schools will be given away in partnership with PEN America and Books & Books, a bookseller founded in 1982 by Miami Beach native Mitchell Kaplan.
Florida Politics reports:
“Books have held a special joy for me from the time I was a child, and that is why I am unwilling to stand by and watch while books are banned by schools,” said Pink, whose real name is Alecia Hart.
“It’s especially hateful to see authorities take aim at books about race and racism and against LGBTQ authors and those of color. We have made so many strides toward equality in this country and no one should want to see this progress reversed. This is why I am supporting PEN America in its work and why I agree with them: no more banned books.”
All four books — “The Family Book” by Todd Parr, “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman, “Beloved” by Toni Morrison and a book from “Girls Who Code,” founded by Resha Saujani — have appeared on PEN’s Index of School Book Bans.
Free copies of The Family Book at P!NKS upcoming Florida concerts.
— Todd Parr (he/him) (@toddparr) November 13, 2023
Periodic reminder that when they accuse us of “banning books” they’re referring to p0rnographic books which are offered to kids in schools across the country. For some reason they never provide visuals…
Now Pink is pledging to give kids p0rnographic books in Florida. Why would… pic.twitter.com/H2Nq0LEMGm
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) November 13, 2023
.@Pink to give out 2,000 banned books in South Florida this week
— Florida Politics (@Fla_Pol) November 13, 2023