High school students in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, are about to get a fuller and more honest history education—and they made it happen. For the first time in state history, an entire district will require its students to take a course in African American history during their high school careers. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer has more on the student activists who built on their 2020 Black Lives Matter protests to demand better out of their school district:

Students who organized Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white officer last May asked for the class. They said Black history was mostly taught in February with only token reference to civil rights figures such as Rosa Parks and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We think everyone should be more culturally aware and aware as a nation,” said student Joy Thomas to the Inquirer. 

Nothing to add here. What Joy said.


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