Monday, January 16, 2012
1998 - After reading two pages of Toni Morrison's acclaimed American novel Song of Solomon, St. Mary's County, Maryland commissioners unanimously agreed with the school superintendent's decision to remove it from the curriculum, calling the book "filth" and "trash." The book was ordered to be removed from the schools' approved-text list, so teachers could not use it in their lessons. A spokeswoman said it would remain available in school libraries. None of the five county commissioners read the book beyond the two pages the superintendent gave them for review. The novel was considered to be Nobel winner Morrison's best work.