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Banned Books Week Heroes Spotlight: Students at Lane Tech High School, Chicago, IL

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 19:00 -- Nanette Perez

Today’s featured Banned Books Week Heroes are the members of the book club 451 Degrees at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL, who stood in opposition the order made by Chicago Public Schools to remove the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, from classrooms (and, initially, from libraries). These students include, but are not limited to: Grace Barry, Evangeline Lacroix, Carol Perez, and Levi Todd.

To learn more about the controversy, check out: Freedom to Read Foundation files FOIA request to Chicago Public Schools over removal of Persepolis; Free Speech Advocates Defend Persepolis in Chicago; Chip Kidd takes action to free Persepolis; Missing the Point on Persepolis. Also view the Chicago Tonight panel featuring OIF director Barbara Jones, Kristine Mayle with the Chicago Teachers Union, and Lane Tech students Katie McDermott and Alexa Rapp.

Watch March 18, 2013 - Controversy Over "Persepolis" on PBS. See more from Chicago Tonight.

For more information on our Banned Books Week Heroes, click here.