Banned Books Week: African-American Classics Barred From Classrooms

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  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Jambo Means Hello: The Swahili Alphabet by Muriel Feelings
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Banned Books Week
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was challenged at schools across the nation in 1994. However, schools in Texas, Colorado and Iowa put up the most resistance asserting that the book “encouraged pre-marital sex, homosexuality, and the use of profanity.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Random House)

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