Randolph School board bans seminal work of African-American fiction
After a complaint from the parent of an 11th grader, complaining the book was "filth", the Randolph County school board voted to ban Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man".
It was one of three books from which rising Randleman High School juniors could choose for summer reading for the 2013-14 school year. The others on the list were “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin and “Passing” by Nella Larsen; honors students had to choose two books. ...
Mason said, “I didn’t find any literary value.” He also objected to the language in the book. “I’m for not allowing it to be available.”
Cutler asked if there were other options to which Catherine Berry, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, replied that there were other choices. She also explained that the book is on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s list of suggested supplemental works for high school students.
The book won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. Modern Library ranked it number 19 on a list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century and Time magazine included it in a list of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.