HB4954 - Black History Education Expansion
Black History Eduction Expansion is sponsored by Representative La Shawn K. Ford and is co-sponsored by Representatives Sonya M. Harper, Joyce Mason, Anne Stava-Murray, LaToya Greenwood, Maurice A. West, II, Debbie Meyers-Martin and Karina Villa.
On March 4th of 2020 WE WILL Meleika Gardner testified before House Committee in Springfield, IL to make it a state law that the true history of Black people (before enslavement) be taught in our school system in the state of Illinois. Black history did not begin with slavery and we must stop the mis-education of our children. We believe this Bill will help with self identity, self worth, race identity, and race relations to know the true history of Black people. Even though House Representative LaShawn Ford and Meleika Gardner went up against racism that day in Springfield, the Amendment to Bill HB4954 received 14 votes in favor and 7 opposing. This was a starting victory, but the fight continues. It’s not over! There is action still needed to get HB4954 passed.
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