Article Title

Against advice, St. Paul bans Baldwin book

Authors

Nikki DeBuse

Newspaper

Woodburn Independent

Date

4-5-1989

Challenged Material

If Beale Street could talk by James Baldwin

Reading Level

young adult

Location

St Paul

Participants

Margaret Buyserie, Carolyn Zielinski, Vince Drago

Outcome

removed

Abstract

A parent/staff committee recommended "If Beale Street Could Talk" to be put on a restricted checkout; the St. Paul School Board chose to remove the book from the library. The article includes reasons for the parents' and the Boards’ decisions. The Board also restricted children grades K-8 from checking materials out of the high school library.

Keywords

obscene language, sexually explicit, profanity

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