I will continue to speak out on the freedom to read and write for kids of all ages, no matter what the perils have been for the creators of children’s books and the perils that are continuing to occur at an alarming and even faster pace than in the past few years. Even though my own safety and so many others’ safety have been threatened over the years, and pages of my books and others’ books have been ripped up and thrown in the trash and/or burned in bonfires with adults and children watching those pages being ‘disappeared,’ I will not be silenced. 

—Robie H. Harris

It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we bid farewell to Robie Harris, a dedicated and esteemed member of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) Board. Robie passed away on January 6th, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering commitment to free expression and intellectual freedom.

Robie Harris was a tireless champion for the principles that lie at the core of the NCAC’s mission. As a board member for over 20 years, she played a pivotal role in advocating for the protection of artistic and intellectual endeavors from censorship. Her passion for promoting open dialogue, diverse perspectives, and the right to free speech resonated throughout her tenure with the NCAC.

Robie’s impact extended far beyond the boardroom. A respected author and advocate, she dedicated her life to fostering understanding and tolerance through literature. Her work, including groundbreaking books on sexuality education for children, reflected her commitment to providing information and fostering healthy conversations.

In addition to her literary contributions, Robie Harris actively engaged in dialogues surrounding censorship challenges. Her insights, wisdom, and unwavering dedication enriched the NCAC’s efforts to safeguard freedom of expression for artists, authors, and creators across the nation.

As we mourn the loss of Robie Harris, let us remember her as a beacon of courage, resilience, and passion. Her legacy will continue to inspire us in the ongoing fight against censorship, reminding us of the importance of upholding the principles she held dear.

The National Coalition Against Censorship extends its deepest condolences to Robie’s family, friends, and colleagues. May her memory serve as a guiding light in our shared pursuit of a world where diverse voices are heard, respected, and celebrated.