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As Black History Month ends today, the need to celebrate and learn from the lived experience of Black Americans will never end. But some are working hard to erase Black history, with hundreds of bills being introduced across the country toward that end.
That’s why the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is calling on Congress to pass the African American History Act, and is asking members and allies to contact members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the legislation.
“With the African American History Act, students, parents and educators will receive the support and resources they need to learn and teach full, honest American history,” Weingarten said. “Black history is American history. Not every piece of that history is pleasant to remember, and some events may spark difficult emotions and conversations, but we must still teach it to our students, in age-appropriate ways, to ensure we don’t repeat our mistakes.”