On Jan. 19, our nation will observe the annual commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. An entire generation of Americans has grown up associating Dr. King almost exclusively with his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.”
Dr. King is widely considered the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. He fought to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites. As a Baptist minister and civil rights activist, he had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950’s until his death by assassination in 1968. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors.
Knowing all this, it’s difficult to comprehend how David Coleman and the College Board deemed it appropriate to eliminate Dr. King from the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course, which is taught to over 500,000 of our nation’s best and brightest high school students.
Other key figures have been removed: James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Rosa Parks, JFK, Cesar Chavez - just to name a few.
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This is unacceptable and we need to put a stop to it!