Banned Books Week: African-American Classics Barred From Classrooms

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  • 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
  • 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

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

A Randolph County, North Carolina, school board banned Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison in September because they could not find “any literary value” in the 1952 classic. However, the school board rescinded its ban on Sept. 25, returning it to local high school libraries.

(Photo: Courtesy of Random House)

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