African-American history education, appreciation, and conscientious citizenship

From the civil rights movement to the women’s liberation, gay rights, #BlackLivesMatter, and #MeToo movements, there’s not a single moment in time that is disconnected from the long struggle to expand human rights. Continuing this struggle requires a commitment to pass on the challenges, triumphs, and lessons of the past to future generations. We must teach the black student from south Chicago as well as the white student from the small town in Iowa to walk in the shoes of the heroes and heroines who fought to make this nation more fair and just.

Every February, our nation pays homage to African-American history. This heightened exposure frequently starts and stops at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Unfortunately, we…

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