Article Title

Officials ban Baldwin's novel from high school library

Newspaper

The Oregonian (Portland)

Date

4-3-1989

Challenged Material

If Beale Street could talk by James Baldwin

Reading Level

young adult

Location

St. Paul

Participants

Jerry Smith, Judy Brown, Charles Geis

Outcome

removed

Abstract

"If Beale Street Could Talk" was removed from the St. Paul High School library shelves after a parent complained about it containing obscene language and sexual references. A review committee had recommended students obtain parents' permission before they could check out the book.

Keywords

obscene language, sexually explicit

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