Tennessee Black Caucus: Don’t cut civil rights milestones

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators is urging the public to get involved to keep civil rights milestones in Tennessee history from being culled from the social studies standards for public schools.

Democratic Rep. Karen Camper of Memphis said in a release Friday that it is “critical that we make sure our voices are heard and protect our heritage” by going to the Board of Education website and commenting on the proposed changes.

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Nashville Rep. Brenda Gilmore called it “shocking” that the draft standards would remove items like tent city movement among black tenant farmers in West Tennessee in the 1960s; the East Tennessee social justice school that counts Rosa Parks among its alumni and the contributions of “Roots” author Alex Haley.

The public comment period ends Oct. 28.