Public schools neglect African-American history
As a result of Black History Month, many people are writing about the lasting impact of important African-American figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Black History Month highlights the importance and contributions of many African-Americans and educates people about various struggles black people have and continue to face in America.
While there are many organizations that educate the populace about the importance of African-American history, there is one important institution that fails to do so: the American public school system.
Oftentimes, the education system will only talk about African-Americans when referring to slavery or the civil rights movement. However, the U.S. educational system does not mandate that public schools should teach Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, or the social life of African-Americans during certain periods like the Great Depression.