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Black Students Doing Work at Desk
Press Statement August 16, 2023

NAACP Condemns Arkansas for Removing Credit for AP African American Studies Course

Black Students Doing Work at Desk


August 16, 2023

Contact: Alicia Mercedes,

WASHINGTON – The decision by the Arkansas Education Department to remove early college credit eligibility for the AP African American Studies course comes following the current shift in our national educational landscape. Numerous states have implemented limitations on what educators are allowed to cover regarding topics related to race, gender, and sexuality. In light of the increase of oppressive legislation, NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson issued this statement:

"Another day in America, and another extremist state government has waged war on Black America while attempting to rewrite history. It is abhorrent that any so-called 'leader' would attempt to strip High School students of an opportunity to get a jumpstart on their college degree. Let's be clear - the continued, state-level attacks on Black history are undemocratic and regressive. The sad reality is that these politicians are determined to neglect our nation's youth in service of their own political agendas. The NAACP remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that truth, justice, and equity prevail. Our children deserve nothing less."

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The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.