Students ask Mayor to Respond to Call for Black History in our Schools
By Stan Kinard
Many adult leaders were sitting and analyzing the 60 years after Brown vs Board of Education on May 17. But students from Boys and Girls High School, took to the streets leading a Children’s March across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall where they made the demand that Black History be taught in all New York City Public Schools. Students referenced the recent Harvard study which concluded that students perform better academically when they are exposed to their history and culture. They also stated that New York State was found to have the most segregated school system in the United States based on the findings of a recent UCLA Study. They are requesting the support of all of our elected officials to implement policies to support the Underground Railroad and Amistad legislation, that mandated that Black History be taught in our schools. Students also want a response from Mayor Bill deBlasio, who talks about addressing the racial disparity in the city. The Boys and Girls High School Student Government is meeting to decide their next action and they are contemplating calling for another Children’s March before the end of this school year if they don’t get a response to their demand. According to Student body President Christine Johnson- Alexander “I believe that we would improve the graduation rates if Black History were made an important part of our learning process. We should even have a Black History Regents Exam”. 60 years after the Brown decision, it is time that this very clear and basic demand be met. A call is being made to all segments of our community to join our youth to ensure that they are victorious. To learn our history is our Cultural and Human Right. A meeting is being planned to discuss this student action on next Thursday May 30, 2014 at 6PM at Boys and Girls High School. We who believe in freedom, in the spirit and memory of Jitu Weusi, Elombe Brath, and Amiri Baraka, will not rest until it is won.