- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A seventh-grader is upset that her art project showing the transformation of a black woman was removed from a display at her northern Michigan school.

The artwork depicts a woman who starts out colorless in a restrictive body suit with her hair in a turban as she changes into a curvy, colorful woman.

Bianca Temple, who identifies as black or mixed, tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/21j3x9m ) that she’s not sure why it was taken down at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School in Traverse City. She says the art had personal meaning since the subject “was being restricted from being herself.”

Principal Carl Scholten declined to explain why the artwork was removed, but notes that it’s part of her job as principal to determine what’s displayed in the building.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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