Groups Call For Protest Against Ban On Black History

“Protest Against The Ban On Black History,” on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 11:00am

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The People’s Organization For Progress (POP) will have a “Protest Against The Ban On Black History,” on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 11:00am, at the Lincoln Statue, 12 Springfield Avenue, in Newark, New Jersey.

The Lincoln statue is located at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and West Market Street.

“The purpose of this protest is to demonstrate our opposition to attempts in Florida, Virginia, and other states, municipalities, and school districts across the United States to ban and censure the study of black history in our educational institutions and society,” stated Lawrence Hamm, Chairman, People’s Organization for Progress.

“As we observe Black History Month, we must confront the fact that today there are racist and fascist forces in our country who are trying to change the way black history is taught, eliminate it from school curriculum, or prohibit its introduction,” Hamm said.

“Here we are in the twenty-first century, and legislation, executive orders, and policies are introduced and laws are passed that would criminalize the teaching of black history. Books about black historical figures and events written by black and white authors are being banned,” he stated.

“Teachers are being punished and threatened with jail time if they dare to use banned books or teach prohibited subject matter. Under the guise of prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) more than 500 bills have been introduced in state legislatures nationwide that would negatively impact the teaching of black history,” Hamm said.

“Black History courses are being revised to benefit a white supremacist narrative. Books are being banned and certain historical figures and events are being removed from the curriculum,” Hamm said.

“It is outrageous that the The College Board would bow to the demands of racist right-wing forces and strip down it’s A.P. curriculum for African American studies. Attempts to impose a racist white supremacist revisionist history of black people upon us must be resisted,” Hamm said.

Newark’s own Amiri Baraka has been removed from the College Board’s Advanced Placement African American Studies Course, he said.

“The attempts to revise and eliminate black history must stop and we must stand up to those like Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida who are attempting to carry them out,” Hamm said.

“American history that does not reflect the breadth, depth, and truth of the Black historical experience is mythology. Black history should be taught in all of our schools and educational institutions,” he said.

For more information please call People’s Organization For Progress (POP) at (973)801-0001.

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