Posted on June 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The National Book Critics Circle is the latest literary organization to make headlines over its response to the Black Lives Matter protests.

We previously reported that board member Hope Wabuke stepped down Thursday over another member’s response to the NBCC’s draft statement; we've since seen, on NPR, that other members, including board President Laurie Hertzel, have resigned in support of both Hertzel and Wabuke.

The statement included an apology from the NBCC for its complicity in continuing to stifle voices of color, a notion that the other member strongly objected to.

It was the last straw for Wabuke, who said she’d been working for a week to push the organization to speak out against racial injustice.

The NBCC still released a statement supporting BLM and thanked Wabuke for her contributions to it as well as the organization as a whole.

You can read more about the NBCC scuffle in the Guardian after its coverage of the Poetry Foundation’s internal strife.

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