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Leon Russell - Chair, NAACP National Board of Directors
Press Statement March 14, 2023

NAACP Chair Releases Statement Ahead of Education Action Day Town Hall

Leon Russell - Chair, NAACP National Board of Directors

"Governor DeSantis is failing our students. His crusade to rewrite history is rooted in white supremacist thinking that aims to disregard the Black experience. Let me say this — if cracking down on "wokeness" means erasing Black History, we are the wokest organization there is. Black History is American History, and we recognize that teaching that history is the only way for Black Americans to thrive the way they are meant to. We will not allow our students's education to be held hostage for political theater. Every student, regardless of the color of their skin, or the zip code they reside or learn in, deserves access to a holistic, quality curriculum. The NAACP is looking forward to meeting with our partners from the American Federation of Teachers this weekend, as we work to ensure that truth, literacy, and justice prevail."

Leon W. Russell

Chair, NAACP

National Board of Directors

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