Article Title

Painting the town purple: Book flap in Junction City

Authors

Paul Neevel

Newspaper

Eugene Weekly

Date

6-22-1995

Challenged Material

The color purple by Alice Walker

Reading Level

young adult

Location

Junction City

Participants

parents Chuck and Karen North, English teacher Patty Turley, Junction City School Board, School Superintendent Don Anderson

Outcome

Retained

Photo Caption

Chuck North, minister of the Church of the Nazarene in Junction City; Gerald Jensen, minister of the Danish Lutheran Church in Junction City; Aimee and Berry Williams (Barry Williams is an OCA member in Junction City)

Abstract

The article recounts how Chuck and Karen North, parents of a Junction City high school student, challenged the use of "The Color Purple" in a high school English class. Their challenge led to discussion in the local media and the involvement of several other individuals and organizations, including the Junction City chapter of Parents for Academic Excellence, the OCA, NAACP, and Lutheran minister, Gerald Jensen. The Junction City School Superintendent, Don Anderson, decided the book could be used in the class, without restriction, as long as students could choose an alternate reading.

Keywords

stereotypes of black men, obscene language, sexual content, abuse, Christian groups, media coverage

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