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

Jambo Means Hello: The Swahili Alphabet by Muriel Feelings

Although Jambo Means Hello: The Swahili Alphabet was meant to help teach white children better understand Black culture, schools in New York banned the book in 1994 because it was allegedly “degrading to white children.”  It was re-instated in the curriculum shortly after. (Photo: Courtesy of Penguin Books)

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