Banned Books 2021 – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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


After parent complaints about the use of racist epithets in To Kill a Mockingbird; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Cay; Of Mice and Men; and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Burbank (CA) Unified School District superintendent issued a statement removing the books from the district’s required reading lists for its English curriculum and banned the use of the N-word in all school classes. The books will be allowed in classroom libraries, but no student can be required to read them. At a board meeting, the superintendent stated, “This is not about censorship, this is about righting the wrongs of the past.”


Challenged, but retained as part of the Seminole County (FL) school curriculum despite concerns of an African-American couple who found the book inappropriate for their thirteen-year-old son.


Challenged for insensitivity, racism and offensive language.

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Last updated

September 15, 2021