Artist: Toni Morrison
Date of Action: August 2021
Region: North America
Location: Fairfax, VA
Confronting Bodies: Parents
Description of Artwork: "Beloved" by Toni Morrison is the tale of Sethe, an ex-slave living with her daughter Denver in the Reconstruction-era South. Sethe is visited by several figures of her past including the ghost of her dead baby.
The Incident: Claiming that the book gave her 19-year old son nightmares, a Fairfax parent lobbied that "Beloved" be removed from the county's AP English curriculum.
Results of Incident: In a 6-2 vote by the Board of Education, the ban was denied.