May 24, 2022

Censorship: Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ Banned in Randolph County (NC) High Schools

UPDATE September 25, 2013 School Board Votes to Return ‘Invisible Man’ to School Library Bookshelves (via The Courier-Tribune)

UPDATE September 23, 2013 NC School Board to Reconsider Ban on Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ (via School Library Journal)

From School Library Journal:

High school students in Randolph County Schools in North Carolina may no longer access Ralph Ellison’s classic novel Invisible Man (Random House, 1952) in their school libraries following a vote on Monday by the local board of education to remove it from shelves,the local Times-News reports.

The school board voted 5-2 to remove the book after committees at the school and district level recommended keeping the book on the shelves.

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