High Schools Across the U.S. Launch AP Courses on African American Studies

State troopers watch as marchers cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. The College Board has launched a pilot program AP course that will be an interdisciplinary look at the history of civil rights in the US and explore the vital contributions of African Americans.

Sixty high schools across the United States have started offering Advanced Placement courses on African American studies amid the nationwide upheaval over race-based curriculum.

The College Board, a non-profit organization, announced a pilot program in February and courses began this month with the start of the school year. The curriculum will be an interdisciplinary look at the history of civil rights, as well as African American music, literature, the arts and humanities, political science, geography, science — and will explore the vital contributions and experiences of African Americans.

The first of its kind, the pilot program will expand the following academic year to add additional schools. The course is expected to be available to all interested high schools in the 2024-25 school year, allowing time to secure valuable credit and placement policies at colleges and universities, according to the College Board.

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SOURCE: CNN, Meron Moges-Gerbi