Students in Randolph County will once again have access to Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” in their high school libraries.
The Randolph County Board of Education voted 6-1 Wednesday night to overturn a ban on the novel, board attorney Jill Wilson said. Board member Gary Mason dissented.
The group drew national headlines after voting 5-2 to ban the book 10 days earlier.
Board member Matthew Lambeth initially supported the ban because of concerns about the novel’s elements of rape and incest.
After last week’s vote, he heard from hundreds of Randolph County residents concerned about the ban and censorship.
Arguments that banning the book is a blow to students’ First Amendment rights especially moved him, Lambeth said.
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