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Supporting the Enactment and Enforcement of State Laws Teaching an Inclusive American History

WHEREAS, the NAACP has long supported the teaching of racially and ethnically diverse historical accounts of our great nation, including African­ American history; and

WHEREAS, several states have added varying levels of African and African­ American historical content to the standard history curriculum, but the level of implementation varies at the local level; and

WHEREAS, knowledge of diverse cultures and the totality of American history is necessary for students to succeed as informed democratic citizens, successfully graduate college or pursue fulfilling careers; and

WHEREAS, several other states such as Texas, have made efforts to erase black and other racial and ethnic minority history and replace it with an ideologically slanted curriculum that could interfere with students' graduating ready for college or careers.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP reaffirms the 2007 resolution stating that "All students, especially African-American students, will be able to read in their school history texts an accurate account of the contributions of African-Americans (in all fields of endeavor) to the settlement, growth, and development of this country;" and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP will work in states to strengthen existing laws and require implementation of teaching all students a valid, historically accurate curriculum that includes African and African-American history and prepares all students for college and career success; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that where states do not have laws to ensure the teaching of a valid, historically accurate curriculum that includes African and African-American history among other historical perspectives and accounts, the NAACP will advocate for the creation of such laws with strong comprehensive implementation guaranteeing states' and districts' compliance.

Derrick Lewis - Youth & College Hero

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