Success: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Put Back on School Shelves

Target: Kenny Holoway, Vice President of the Biloxi School District, Mississippi

Goal: Thank administrators at Biloxi School District for putting To Kill a Mockingbird back on schools’ classroom and library shelves.

Harper Lee’s literary masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird has been officially un-banned from Mississippi’s Biloxi School District. Students will be allowed to read the novel in class and in the library, at their own discretion. This decision on the part of school officials follows public outcry and petitions, such as one published here on ForceChange.

The book had originally been banned because its subject matter made people “uncomfortable.” However, the book is intended to do so. Its themes of racism and prejudice should make people uncomfortable and stir important discussion.

Un-banning the book is a major step in the right direction. However, there is still work to be done. Currently, the students who wish to read the book must have parental permission. This still limits the accessibility of the novel. Sign the petition and thank school officials for un-banning the book, but ask that the requirement of parental permission also be eliminated.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Holoway,

Thank you for listening to the public and un-banning Harper Lee’s literary masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird from your school district. The lessons the book teaches will carry with your students for years to come, and hopefully stir important discussion.

Un-banning the book and giving your students access to it is a major step in the right direction. However, the requirement of parental permission still limits its access. While I thank you for un-banning the novel, I ask that you take more steps to make it accessible by eliminating parental permissions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kristin

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4 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    killing a bird is so terrible and why even think that?

  2. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared

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