Toni Morrison

Literary Classics Removed from High-School’s Alternative Reading List in Alaska

By |2017-06-09T12:29:59-04:00February 27th, 2017|Blog|

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian were flagged for "explicit, graphic" content.

In Broomfield, CO ‘Bluest Eye’ is Removed Without Being ‘Banned’

By |2016-08-16T16:24:01-04:00August 23rd, 2013|Updates|

The Adams 12 School Board voted to settle a challenge to Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye' in Advanced Placement literature classes. The board voted in support of the superintendent's decision, not outright banning the book but approving such great restrictions as to make the book impossible to teach. 

KRRP Defends ‘The Bluest Eye’ Among Others in Latest Spate of Book Challenges

By |2016-08-16T13:42:37-04:00August 2nd, 2013|Incidents|

School's out for the summer, but there's no vacation from book challenges. The Kids' Right to Read Project is battling a handful of censorship cases, including a push to remove The Bluest Eye from Advanced Placement courses in Adams County, Colorado. Find out more about the latest battles...

You All Remember Boy Jim, Aunt Polly’s… “Little Helper”?

By |2019-03-07T21:45:50-04:00February 27th, 2013|Blog|

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported on a mother's attempt to have Toni Morrison's Beloved banned from AP English classes in Fairfax County. When we heard about the challenge, we immediately contacted board members to take the temperature of the situation. In Fairfax County -- a huge public school system with beefed up district operations serving 180,000 studentss -- there's a [...]

Song of Solomon Prevails in Franklin Township!

By |2019-03-07T23:19:46-04:00July 9th, 2010|Blog|

After a long and drawn-out challenge process, this week Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon finally prevailed in Franklin Township!  The denouement to this extended drama came down to a special convening of the Franklin Township school board set for this past Monday evening (July 6th).  No one knew how it would turn out.  New members of the school board, whose [...]

Indiana school board to review Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon”

By |2019-03-15T15:25:41-04:00June 18th, 2010|Blog|

As we reported in our latest edition of Censorship News, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon was recently removed from an Indiana high school’s AP English class on April 28 after a parent and school board members complained about its content.  Two days later, the book was returned to the class when a committee of educators and parents [...]

The Report Card: ENGLISH

By |2019-03-07T22:42:39-04:00June 16th, 2009|Blog|

GRADE: C+ Books - always a hot button issue in the censorship debate. This year, similar to previous years, some curriculum classics got challenged. Here's a few of the fights we saw over books being taught in middle- and high-school classes. In December, the Coeur d’Alene School Board voted unanimously to return 26 titles (among them Brave New World, Tom [...]

Launching the Free Speech Leadership Council: A Conversation with Toni Morrison

By |2019-03-20T13:29:08-04:00June 1st, 2009|Blog|

This Wednesday, June 3, National Coalition Against Censorship’s launches the Free Speech Leadership Council with A Conversation with Toni Morrison. Talking with Fran Lebowitz, Morrison will talk about her new book Burn This Book and her experiences with censorship. Just recently, Morrison's Song of Solomon was pulled - and then returned - in AP classes in Shelby, MI. This book, [...]

Monday Book Censorship Brief

By |2019-03-13T15:08:05-04:00May 18th, 2009|Blog|

A lot is happening in the world of book censorship. Here’s the most up-to-date news… Toni Morrison has been censored from yet another curriculum – this time from an advanced English class in Shelby, Michigan. Superintendent Dana McGrew ordered the teacher to remove Song of Solomon from the classroom. McGrew said her decision “was based on the fact that I [...]

A Conversation with Toni Morrison

By |2019-03-20T13:29:07-04:00May 14th, 2009|Blog|

The Inaugural Event of the Free Speech Leadership Council of the National Coalition Against Censorship Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 6:30 to 8:30 PM Hosted by Jane Friedman Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye and Beloved, which are widely taught, and frequent targets of censorship [...]