How Do We Teach Black History in Polarized Times? Here’s What It Looks Like in Three Cities
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Christian Samuels, Caroline Preston, and Javeria Salman, The Hechinger Report/Capital B
Victoria Trice, Sharahn Santana, and Ed Allison are teachers who share at least one thing in common: a devotion to deeply exploring the history of Black people in America—a topic that has often been downplayed, or simply left out of, general history lessons.
Such classes are under a microscope after the political skirmish set off when Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida rejected portions of an African American studies course piloted by the College Board. At least five other states are examining the course to see if it is contrary to similar state laws.