CURRENT LEGISLATION: FLORIDA STATUTE 1003.42(2)(h)
Below is the statute that is the guiding mission of the State of Florida’s Task Force on African American History. You may view the statute here: PUBLIC K-12 EDUCATION
(2) Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction, the following:
(h) The history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the history and contributions of Americans of the African diaspora to society.
State Representative Rudolph “Rudy” Bradley and State Senator Jim Hargrett expressed the importance of learning African American History. The career legislators Bradley and Hargrett hoped the passing of the bill would foster a positive experience for young people in understanding how the contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States are vitally important.
Click here to view the videos of Former State Rep. Rudolph “Rudy” Bradley and Former State Senator Jim Hargrett.