Saturday, April 09, 2022

Tennessee House of Representatives passes Black History education bill

Rep. Yusuf Hakeem 

As lawmakers take action to thwart Critical Race Theory teaching, a local Representative is touting his bill to highlight Black History in Tennessee.

The bill has passed the State House of Representatives, easily with bipartisan support.

Rep. Yusuf Hakeem says it would require the State Board of Education to come up with a course of instruction for 5th through 8th grades on Black history and Black culture.

And it would include multicultural diversity curricula for K-12.

He says it could include profiles of such figures as Samson Keeble, the first African-American legislator in Tennessee and Judge Bernice Donald, the first female African-American judge in the state.

“HB 2106 shows what can happen when we look beyond politics and embrace what is in the best interests of the children. We as a Legislative body demonstrated that working together works.”

The bill now goes to the Tennessee Senate.

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