Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Artist: Mildred D. Taylor

Year: 1976

Date of Action: January 2004

Region: North America

Location: Miami, FL

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Lawton Chiles Middle School, Seminole County School Board, Miami, FL

Description of Artwork: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a 1976 award-winning children’s book set in 1933 rural Mississippi by Mildred D. Taylor, sequel to her 1975 novella Song of the Trees. It is a book about racism in America during the Great Depression. The novel won the 1977 Newberry Medal.

The Incident: The school district challenged the book after parent, who did not read the book, objected because it includes the word "nigger", and an African-American couple voiced their concerns that the book was inappropriate for their 13-year-old son.

Results of Incident: Letters in support of the book were sent by NCAC and the National Council of Teachers of English. The Seminole County School Board had a special meeting on Tuesday January 27th to discuss the complaint against Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The board voted 5-0 to keep Roll of Thunder in the curriculum.


Letter from NCAC to Protest the Challenging of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, JANUARY 26, 2004

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