African American Banned Books Week


The last week of September was banned books week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. So we here at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction will be dedicating the last week of October as African American Banned Books Week. What follows is our beginning list of books by African American writers and writers of color that have been banned, courtesy of Professor Gila Berryman.

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Native Son, by Richard Wright
Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
To learn more about banned books check out the American Library Association and this article at Colorlines. 

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