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(105 ILCS 5/27-20.4)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-20.4)
Black History study.
Every public elementary school and
high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying
the events of Black History, including the history of the pre-enslavement of Black people from 3,000 BCE to AD 1619, the African slave trade, slavery in America, the study of the reasons why Black people came to be enslaved, the vestiges of slavery in this country, and the study of the American civil rights renaissance. These events shall include not only the
contributions made by individual African-Americans in government and in the
arts, humanities and sciences to the economic, cultural and political
development of the United States and Africa, but also the socio-economic
struggle which African-Americans experienced collectively in striving to
achieve fair and equal treatment under the laws of this nation. The
studying of this material shall constitute an affirmation by students of
their commitment to respect the dignity of all races and peoples and to
forever eschew every form of discrimination in their lives and careers.
The State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to
all school boards instructional materials, including those established by the Amistad Commission, which may be used as guidelines
for development of a unit of instruction under this Section; provided,
however, that each school board shall itself determine the minimum amount
of instruction time which shall qualify as a unit of instruction satisfying
the requirements of this Section.
A school may meet the requirements of this Section through an online program or course.
(Source: P.A. 100-634, eff. 1-1-19; 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)