The Learning Tree challenged
A member of the Mobile county school board in Alabama is seeking to remove Gordon Parks' book, The Learning Tree, from this summer's reading list for upcoming ninth-graders at LeFlore High School in Mobile, reports the Alabama Press-Register. Fleet Belle, who says he has read sections of the book, wants it removed because of its "inappropriate and unacceptable" language. The novel, written in 1963, describes the life of a black youth growing up in Kansas in the 1920s and 1930s and the harsh racism he encountered. Parks had also achieved fame as a photographer.