After Chicago Public Schools added a more robust black history curriculum three years ago, some educators and officials with local museums said the district still isn’t doing enough.
Lynn Hughes, founder of the National A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum — a museum that showcases the history of The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which is widely recognized as the nation’s first black labor union — believes CPS does a poor job of teaching black history to its students.
“For a very long time, I’ve been trying to interact with Chicago Public Schools. Our kids aren’t getting a fair distribution of black history. They don’t know their own history,” Hughes said. “When kids come to the museum, they are touched by what they didn’t know. The young people who had no idea of this history we were never taught about these people.”