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The Randolph County school board in North Carolina has voted in favor of returning Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man to library shelves. The Board of Education originally voted 10 days ago to ban the book 5-2, but changed its decision on Wednesday, The Associated Press reports. The vote to restore was 6-1. The book was initially pulled after a mother of a Randleman high school student complained, saying the book was "too much for students." The mother felt the book's sexual content and language was not appropriate for high school students. According to the Los Angeles Times, pulling the book made national news and residents were not happy about the negative backlash towards their county. People wrote in to the Courier-Tribune paper decrying the move made by the Board of Education. The paper's editor, Ray Criscoe, said that he only had negative things to print about the ban since he never "received anything that remotely resembles an endorsement." One board member, Gary Mason, previously said that he couldn't "find any literary value" before voting to ban. The AP notes Invisible Man is a first-person story of a black man who feels invisible. It was published in 1952 and won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. The issue comes just in time for the American Library Assn's Banned Book Week. image: Amazon