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NJ school district becomes first in state to require African-American history class

A New Jersey school district voted this week to become the first in the state to require an African-American history course for graduation.

The Cherry Hill school board voted 8-0 — with one abstention — to mandate the class for their roughly 11,000 students, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Momentum for the move accelerated after the police killing of George Floyd and was led by students, according to the report.

“We felt it was really essential that it was mandatory,” said Joy Thomas, 17, a senior at Cherry Hill High School East. “We think everyone should be more culturally aware and aware as a nation.”

The district’s curriculum director, Farrah Mahan, argued that the policy change would help to combat implicit bias on the part of students and teachers.

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