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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s emotionally charged novel To Kill a Mockingbird has faced as much scrutiny as it has praise since it was published in 1960. In the past decade, schools in Tennessee, New Jersey, North Carolina and Illinois have removed it from the curriculum because its uses of the word “n----r” and explores racism and incest.

(Photo: Courtesy of J.B. Lippincott & Co.)

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