Op-Ed: We need to make black history a school requirement in Texas | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Austin American Statesman
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"Black History Month should remind us that America‚Äôs greatness resounds in the ability of ordinary people to transform the status quo of racial segregation and oppression into a new dawn of racial justice, freedom and citizenship," writes Dr. Peniel Joseph, professor of public affairs and the Barbara Jordan chair in ethics and political values at the LBJ School in the Austin American-Statesman. "The study of the black freedom struggle from slavery to Jim Crow to the modern civil rights era and the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement underscores how Americans might enable a brighter future by coming to terms with our racial past."

"But many students in Texas learn only some, if any, of this history because the Texas education system does not require students to take at least one annual unit of black history. This needs to change."