A Texas school district isn’t on board with a book written by a Black author being taught to seventh graders, even though one of its middle schools bears his name.
Carroll Independent School District, a district with roughly 8,400 students in Southlake, reviewed George Dawson’s memoir Life Is So Good and determined that parts of it were “inappropriate,” WFAA-TV reported.
Dawson, who learned to read at 98, wrote about his life as a grandson and great-grandson of slaves. His autobiography also details how he witnessed his best friend getting lynched after he was accused of raping a white woman, a crime Dawson said the friend didn’t commit.
Oprah Winfrey featured Dawson on her talk show in 1998, the year he wrote the book. Dawson died in 2001 and, the following year, school officials in the district renamed a middle school after him. The school also has a statue of Dawson in front of it.