Banned Books Week: African-American Classics Barred From Classrooms

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  • 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
  • Banned Books Week

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Parents of a Colorado school district petitioned for Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye to be removed from an 11th grade reading list in 2013 due to its its “explicit sexual scenes, describing incest, rape, and pedophilia.”

(Photo: Courtesy of Vintage Publishing)

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