By Ray Mosby
“I’m not understanding really, what the big controversy is.”—Biloxi School District Supt. Arthur McMillan.
ROLLING FORK — Well, let me educate a superintendent of education.
In 1960, a very nice, quintessentially Southern lady named Harper Lee published what I believe to be one of the finest novels ever written about anything, and the finest novel ever written about the early 20th Century South. After her editor nixed two other would be titles, they both settled upon “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
It is a masterpiece. I have read it more than 20 times.
It won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
Two years later, it was made into a movie starring Gregory Peck.
It won the Academy Award for “Best Motion Picture.” I have seen it more times than I can count.
Last week some knuckleheads within the administration of the Biloxi School District pulled it from the 8th grade curriculum.