Banned Books 2015 – Song of Solomon

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Suspended from the Highland Park (TX) Independent School District’s approved book list by the school superintendent. The decision sparked a backlash and drew national attention. The superintendent then reinstated the book. In February 2015, the school district trustees approved policy changes on how the district selects books and handles parents’ objections. The challenged coming-of-age novel, written by a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winner, is about a young black man who grows up in Michigan. It has profanity, sexual imagery, and a story line about an incestuous relationship.


Retained in the Franklin Central High School’s Advanced Placement English curriculum in Indianapolis (IN), despite some parents’ concerns about the novel’s language and sexual content.


Reinstated in the Shelby (MI) school Advanced Placement English Curriculum, but parents are to be informed in writing and at a meeting about the books contents. Student’s not wanting to read the book can choose and alternative without academic penalty. The superintendent had suspended the book from the curriculum.

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Last updated

July 18, 2015