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October 2, the author of children’s books Robin stevenson was scheduled to speak at Longfellow Elementary School in Wheaton to talk about activism and his new book, “Kid Activists: True Stories from the Childhood of Champions for ChangeWith several fourth and fifth grade students. On October 1, Stevenson says she received an email from her editor, telling her her appearance had been canceled because a relative of Longfellow was concerned that the historical figures featured in Stevenson’s book were champions of LGBTQ rights. . Stevenson later wrote an open letter to Wheaton Warrenville Unit 200 District after authorities canceled his visit to the school. Days after her book speech was canceled, Stevenson was invited back to the area to discuss her book at Glenbard West High School, hosted by State Representative Terra Costa Howard. Wendy Snyder and Dane Neal sit down with Stevenson to talk about her initial reaction to the cancellation, her writing process, being an LGBT activist and more.
The award-winning author will present her book on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at Glenbard West High School, 670 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn.