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Painting the town purple: Book flap in Junction City

22 June 1995


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.


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