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Hillsborough County Public Schools Announces African American History Task Force to Champion Inclusive, Expanded Curriculum

October 20, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fl. (October 20, 2020 ) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is proud to announce a new African American History Task Force to enhance existing curriculum around African American history. This diverse group is comprised of district administrators, educators, students and members of the community.

The vision of this task force is to further champion African American History curriculum throughout the district by creating new and exciting educational opportunities spanning all grade levels. This task force was sparked by a collaboration between education advocate Fred Hearns and Board Member Lynn Gray. New district-wide initiatives will include:

  • A collaboration with Hillsborough Community College for potential Dual Enrollment courses in African and African American History
  • New “Thurgood Marshall African & African American History Clubs” at school sites
  • Sponsor and support annual HABSE African American History Brain Bowl for all 5th through 12th grade students

“This is not just another history lesson. This goes to the heart of African American people, along with their history and contributions. This initiative will provide a more positive outlook on learning for African American students and allow all students to appreciate the thousands of black leaders who have made a tremendous difference around the world,” said Fred Hearns.

“We created this important task force to further strengthen and increase our African American History curriculum, all while we as a nation are facing racial unrest. As educational and community leaders, we must continue to strive to teach our students about the important contributions African Americans have had on our nation and our world,” said Board Member Lynn Gray.

“This task force shows our African American students that their history is a priority to our district. These educational opportunities will provide enrichment to the lives of all students, especially during a time in this country we are experiencing social unrest that has undoubtedly had a strong impact on our African American students,” said Board Member Tamara Shamburger.


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