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Teach Truth: Resist Efforts to Censor and Whitewash History

The accurate history of American slavery should be taught to children in age-appropriate and honest ways that develop critical thinking, while recognizing that Black history is U.S. history and goes beyond slavery. These LFJ publications—including Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, a K-12 curriculum framework—reinforce the importance of teaching this history honestly and provide resources for educators and parents.

Attempts to enforce biased, misleading and disingenuous narratives about slavery—sometimes through textbooks and recently through state standards—illustrate the dangers of political agendas to censor accurate history while promoting disinformation that harms children’s right to education. Parents, community members and educators must insist upon inclusive education and teaching honest history in our nation’s public schools. #TeachTruth

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