ALA addresses the media on “Persepolis” controversy

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom responded on Friday to the decision by the Chicago Public Schools to remove Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” from its 7th-grade classrooms. A press conference was held at ALA headquarters in Chicago, attended by members of the Chicago media. Later, a protest against the decision was held at Chicago’s Lane Tech High School.

Barbara Jones faces the media to address "Persepolis" controversy.

Barbara Jones faces the media to address “Persepolis” controversy.

The issue was covered in an article in American Libraries magazine.

Following a statement by Barbara Jones, executive director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, Jones and Deputy Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone, fielded questions from the media.

Here is Part 1 of the question-and-answer session.

And here is Part 2.

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