‘What should students know about Black History?’

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Dr. Laura McGowan-Robinson

Los Angeles

“Our history did not just start with slavery. We come from a continent that is rich in culture and heritage. … For us to think that it just started on a slave ship does not capture the depth and history of our culture.”

Velma Edmond

Carson

“Black history that’s taught in the schools is not truly our Black history.  There are a lot of events that are omitted so that kids do not know their foundation. They don’t know our accomplishments.”

Joe Turner

Compton

“They should know the history. When I was in school,…  you never talked about Black history. They need to understand that the history is not sagging pants. There’s a lot more to it than that.

Tori Bailey

Los Angeles

“They should know the truth.  They should know all of creation came out of Africa. … What they’re learning today is not the whole picture, it’s just bits and pieces.”

Compiled by Cynthia Gibson in Leimert Park.