Push made to teach black history in NYC schools

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Elected officials, civil rights leaders and educators are making a push to teach black history in New York City schools. Elected officials, civil rights leaders and educators are making a push to teach black history in New York City schools.
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Elected officials, civil rights leaders and educators are making a push to teach black history in New York City schools.

A rally was held at Weeksville Heritage Center on Buffalo Avenue in support of the black history bill, designated as S5454 in the state Senate.

Introduced by Sen. Jesse Hamilton, the bill's goal is to teach students in kindergarten through 12th grade about black history in greater detail. It would require the Board of Regents to incorporate New York state's black history into the city school curriculum.

From female abolitionists to the Harlem Renaissance, those in favor of the bill say black New Yorkers have made significant contributions to the state, and it's time students were taught about them.

The Weeksville Heritage Center is borough's largest African-American cultural institution that is dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, Brooklyn, one of America's first free black communities.

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