Lawrence Hamm Credit: Contributed

The People’s Organization For Progress is calling for a “Ban On Black History Protest,” on Sat. Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the Lincoln Statue, 12 Springfield Avenue, in Newark

The protest was announced at a Black History Month program in Jersey City on Feb. 1.

“The purpose of this protest is to demonstrate our opposition to attempts in Florida, Virginia, and other states, municipalities, and school districts across the United States to ban and censure the study of black history in our educational institutions and society,” stated Lawrence Hamm, Chairman, People’s Organization for Progress.

“As we begin Black History Month, we must confront the fact that today there are racist and fascist forces in our country who are trying to change the way black history is taught, eliminate it from school curriculum, or prohibit its introduction,” Hamm said.

“Here we are in the twenty-first century, and legislation, executive orders, and policies are introduced and laws are passed that would criminalize the teaching of black history. Books about black historical figures and events written by black and white authors are being banned,” he stated.

“The attempts to revise and eliminate black history must stop and we must stand up to those who are attempting to carry them out,” Hamm said.

“It is outrageous that the The College Board would bow to the demands of Governor Ron DeSantis and strip down it’s A.P. curriculum for African American studies. Attempts to impose a racist white supremacist revisionist history of black people upon us must be resisted,” Hamm said.

“American history that does not reflect the breadth, depth, and truth of the Black historical experience is mythology. Black history should be taught in all of our schools and educational institutions,” he said.

Lawrence Hamm was the guest speaker at the Black History Month Celebration that took place on Wednesday at Jersey City City Hall.

He announced the POP Ban On Black History Protest during his presentation. The municipal government of Jersey City is not in any way involved with or connected to this protest.

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