Article Title

The Baldwin book ban

Authors

Steve Duin

Newspaper

Northwest: The Sunday Oregonian Magazine (Portland)

Date

4-20-1989

Challenged Material

If beale street could talk by James Baldwin

Reading Level

young adult

Location

St Paul

Participants

Kath Leasure, Lori Pedersen

Outcome

removed

Abstract

Rumors of "If Beale Street Could Talk" appearing on "the best sex scenes" list circulating among 7th and 8th graders, prompted a review of having a copy in the high school library. A committee of teachers, parents and the school principal recommended restricting access; the school board removed the book. The author expresses concern for censorship.

Keywords

sexually explicit, sexual violence, blasphemy, racial slurs, obscene language

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