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President Joe Biden says “history matters, and Black history matters,” a forceful declaration that comes after the state of Florida blocked a new advanced course on African American studies from being taught in its high schools. He spoke during a White House reception Monday marking Black History Month. Biden says Americans “can’t just choose to learn what we want to know. We learn what we should know." Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential Republican opponent against Biden in 2024, has attracted nationwide attention with his administration’s effort to reject the course in its schools, saying the class pushed a political agenda.

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YAKIMA, Wash.- When Sergeant Joe Parks first came to Yakima in 1988, he came stationed at the firing center with the U.S. Army. Now over 35 years later, he has carved out a role as a leader in the community, helping shape the next generation.

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"The idea of Black History Month for me personally? It feels so antiquated," says Dr. T André Feagin. "I woke up on February 1 black, and I'm going to be black on March 1 as well. I would rather us focus on celebrating merit of diverse backgrounds in any way we can, as often as we can."

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How many black teachers have you had? Ask yourself or your children, and data shows, the answer is likely "one" or "none." Across the country, and especially here in Washington, there’s a critical shortage of diverse teachers.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — Throughout Black History Month, the Franklin County Historical Society and Museum is recognizing the history of Black Americans in the county on its social media accounts. One of the individuals it has mentioned thus far is Gladys Sutton Coleman, the first black stud…

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