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On December 14th, Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY) announced the introduction of the African American History Act and urged leaders across the country to tell the truth about the United State's history of racism and white supremacy.
Rep. Bowman’s African American History Act invests $10 million over 5 years in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to support African American history education programs that are voluntarily available for students, parents, and educators.
“It is our moral imperative to tell the truth about our past to finally reconcile with this nation’s history of racism and white nationalism, and my legislation will serve as a vital component in our fight to do just that,” said Congressman Jamaal Bowman. “The moment we are in requires of us a clear-eyed vision to ensure that not just our children but people of all ages, have access to resources and education that accurately recount African American history. My legislation invests $10 million over 5 years to support African American history education programs that will be available for students, parents, and teachers. As a Black man and an educator, I cannot make clear enough how important it is to the success of our democracy for us to come to a collective understanding and agreement that we must take our commitment to learn from our past seriously. From the moment Africans were forcefully brought to the Americas as enslaved peoples and the segregation of our society to the economic and agricultural redlining of entire Black communities and the efforts to suppress our vote, it is on us to tell the truth about our entire history. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation and join me in using truth to overcome lies.”
See more in the links below.
News: Rep. Bowman Introduces African American History Act, Urges Nation to Tell the Truth About Its Past (Congressman Jamaal Bowman's Official Website, 12-14-21)
H.R. 6261: African American History Act (GovTrack)
See Bill Here - H.R.6261 - African American History Act (Congress.gov)