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Banned Book Week: Examining Censorship And Parental Oversight

Banned Book Week is a time to talk about censorship and pieces of literature that have been prohibited by schools throughout history. The American Library Association says hundreds of books face challenges every year. 

Last year, the Randolph County School board voted to take Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man off of school bookshelves. But the board called a special meeting the next week and reversed the decision.

Recently, the School of Engineering Systems at East Wake High School removed Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye from classroom settings. Students must obtain parental consent if a teacher assigns Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Marlo Gaddis, Wake County Public Schools director of instructional technology and media services; Chris Brook, legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina; and Susan Brown, director of the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Will Michaels is WUNC's Weekend Host and Reporter.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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