CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — The Cherry Hill School District is now the first in New Jersey to require students to take African American history in order to graduate. The school board approved the move Tuesday night.
Students had lobbied for the course to become mandatory. The charge was led by seventh-grader Ebele Azikiwe, of Beck Middle School.READ MORE: Seven Years After Her Disappearance, Still No Traces Of What Happened To Amanda DeGuio
Ebele penned a letter last summer to the school district, asking for a more comprehensive and accurate curriculum on African American history.
“Part of what we learn today is important, yes, but it’s hardly anything compared to what we could and should learn,” Ebele said.READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley Resigns Over Mishandling Of Remains Belonging To Victims Of 1985 MOVE Bombing
“They’ve asked for a mandatory African American history class as a requirement to graduate from high school and that’s something we are moving forward with,” Cherry Hill Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche said in October.
Until now, the district offered an African American studies course as an elective.MORE NEWS: 2 Young Unresponsive Children Rushed To Hospital After Mother Jumps Out Window, Philadelphia Police Say
This course requirement goes into effect in September.