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

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Nearly every year since Alice Walker published The Color Purple in 1982, schools across the nation have challenged the book. The book was removed from the shelves of a Virginia school library in 1986 because of its “profanity and sexual references;” and deemed too “mature” for high school students in California in 1984 and 1985.

(Photo: Courtesy of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

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