Connecticut schools to teach African American and Latino studies


Connecticut schools will be required to offer African American, Latino studies under bill that cleared Senate Thursday
Daniela Altimari, May 30, 2019, The Hartford Courant



African American and Latino studies will be a required part of the public school curriculum in Connecticut by 2022 under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate Thursday night.

The measure, which cleared the House of Representatives earlier this month, now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont for consideration.

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Douglas McCrory, a Democrat from Hartford spoke of the need for a more inclusive history curriculum. He invoked Nipsey Hussle, the California rapper and community activist who was shot to death in March, and recited a few lyrics from Jay Z’s “Legacy.''

Too often, McCrory said, schools highlight the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglas, but ignore the achievements of lesser-known figures such as Ida B. Wells, an investigative journalist who helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Robert Reed Church, a millionaire from Memphis who financed the successful campaigns of five African American congressmen during Reconstruction.

"We don’t learn these stories,'' said McCrory, who has worked as an educator for more than two decades. “We don’t talk about them, they’re not part of the things we study...it’s a shame.”

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