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Why aren't schools teaching black literature?

Why aren't schools teaching black literature?

Recently I asked three of my teen-aged great nephews about the last time they’d been assigned to read books written by black authors at their schools. All three answered with a resounding: “never.” Thus far in their educations, not one of their teachers has exposed them to black literature. I find this particularly disturbing because they attend three different public schools in Baltimore City, where roughly 63 percent of the population is black.

Why is African-American literature excluded from a curriculum that should be created with the needs of those educators are tasked with educating in mind? Why are my nephews not reading literature with which they can identify as young...