By Sarah Kim, DoSomething.org
In 2015, a high school geography textbook described slavery as African workers immigrating to the US “to work on agricultural plantations.” These kinds of errors and omissions are known as “erasure” and appear in textbooks all over the country. Even when publishers become aware of historical misrepresentations, newly edited copies usually aren’t printed for another 10 years! That’s way too long to wait for the truth.
This Black History Month, sign up for DoSomething.org’s Missing in History. Along with thousands of other students, you can reclaim your textbooks and spread the truth. Use the template and information provided to create a bookmark that tells an inclusive history of important figures and events. And by submitting a photo of your bookmark, you’ll enter to win a $3,000 scholarship!
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