Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

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Artist: Ralph Ellison

Year: 2013

Date of Action: September 2013

Region: North America

Location: Randolph County, North Carolina

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Youth

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Ralph Ellison, NC Randolph County School District

Description of Artwork: Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison.

The Incident: Ralph Ellison's novel was one of the three suggested books to read for the summer for 11th grade students. It came under challenge when a mother of one of the students thought that the novel had too many sexual references and profane language, and a member of the Board of Education agreed that he did not find any literary value in the book. As a result, the Randolph County school board voted 5-2 to ban the book from school libraries in the county.

Results of Incident: On September 25th, the school board decided to lift the ban on the book. Invisible Man can now be found on shelves of Randolph County libraries.

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2013/0926/Invisible-Man-ban-is-lifted-from-North-Carolina-school-district