September 5, 2004

From Gerald R. Lucas

Banned Books


The American Library Association announced its list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000. Among the contenders are such favorites as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and almost everything ever written by Judy Blume and Toni Morrison. Is it me, or is there an inordinate amount of African American writers on this list? Well, I know what list to consult when making up my classroom readings from now on.