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This button was create by ALA members and worn during the 1999 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The focus for this meeting was “Celebrating the Freedom to Read! Learn! Connect!” and the opening Gala honored over 200 “Intellectual Freedom-Fighters” who wore this button. The text of the button references the language that was used against them in their fight for free speech.
The American Library Association is a non profit organization that supports and promotes libraries, library professionals and library education. The association was founded in 1876 and is the largest library association in the world.
Sources: American Library Association. (1999). Feting Freedoms in Philadelphia. American Libraries. Retrieved from http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/feting-freedoms-in-philadelphia/