More than 7 million K-12 students in the United States identify as Black, and professionals say representation of the experiences of Black people should be taught to all students. 

It can be shown through memoirs like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” critical analyses of slavery like The 1619 Project, and films like the story of Ruby Bridges — all of which have been banned or challenged in recent years. 

As Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and other states continue to pass so-called “anti-critical race theory” bills that limit how race is taught in classrooms, community leaders, professional educators, and policymakers are working tirelessly to ensure books stay on shelves and the full scope of Black history is taught and integrated into kids’ lives as early as Pre-K. 

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Aziah Siid

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