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Aaisha N. Haykal

Aaisha N. Haykal

Aaisha N. Haykal is the manager of archival services at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. In this position, she is responsible for collection development, public programming, instruction, reference, and administrative duties. She has been professionally involved in a number of associations including serving in leadership roles within the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); she previously served on the board of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) in Chicago, IL, and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB). Haykal is the former university archivist at Chicago State University (Chicago, IL). Her research interests include African American history, digital preservation, censorship, and community archiving.

The covers for "The Bluest Eye" and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark

Books and other art are often censored for covertly racist reasons.