Banned Books Week: African-American Classics Barred From Classrooms

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  • 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
  • Banned Books Week
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

For every accolade author Toni Morrison has achieved, there have been countless objections to teaching her novels in schools. Her 1977 classic, Song of Solomon, was banned by a Shelby, Michigan, high school in 2009 after parents complained of its profanity, sexual references and violence.

(Photo: Courtesy of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

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