Last week, school board members in Randolph County decided to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from school libraries in response to one parent’s 12-page letter in which she accused the book of being filthy and too much for teenagers.
School board members imposed the ban in spite of the fact that Invisible Man is one of the most frequently referenced texts on the AP English Literature exam.
Now students can obtain copies of Invisible Man for free, beginning Wednesday at the Randolph mall’s Books A Million.
Former Randolph County resident Evan Smith Rakoff, an editor at Poets & Writers magazine in New York, worked with the book’s publisher, Vintage Books, and Salon.com to make the book offering possible.
School board members will reconsider the ban in a special meeting tomorrow night at 5pm.