As ER said, it is not only elementary school where this information is omitted. It is omitted in middle school, high school, and of course in college, unless you take it upon yourself to take an African American/African studies course. Though I’ve never taken an African/African American studies course in college, I would wager that 90% of the most pertinent information is still omitted. What our children wind up learning is the same MLK, Civil Rights Movement, Brown vs. Board of Education, etc. mantra over their entire time in school. That is all good information for our children to learn, however, there is so much more, which means that there is so much more that they do not learn. Our children not possessing such knowledge puts them in the position of not truly knowing who they are, who their people are, the history and heritage of the Black race, or/and not possessing a measuring stick by which to gage the Black struggle in America, nor the true history of African Americans, of Africa, of the Black Diaspora and the Black race’s contributions to the world.
However, that is precisely why it is up to African American parents to make sure that their children learn about their history by going out of their way to teach it to them, by purchasing important books and materials for them to read or taking their children to the library or to a legitimate internet site to read and study such information. We cannot continue waiting or expecting that this information is going to be taught in America’s public schools. African Americans need to seek out this information on their own and make sure that it is taught to our children to insure that they know their true history, the true history of Africa and of Africans, and possess the knowledge of how much Africa and Africans and African Americans and Black people throughout the entire diaspora have contributed to the world, and its significance.