School bans students from writing about Malcolm X


Parents of students attending a New York school are outraged after finding out their children were banned from writing about iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X. 

The assignment, given to fourth graders attending Public School 201 in Flushing, did not permit students to write about X because he was “violent” and “bad.” 

Student Discovers Forgotten Poem by America’s First Known Black Writer

A doctoral student at the University of Texas at Arlington has discovered a previously unknown poem by the earliest known African American writer.

Julie McCown was researching Jupiter Hammon – The first known African American writer to be published in the United States – when she stumbled on the poem. It was buried in documents at an archive at Yale University Library in Connecticut.

Historians say the poem offers important and fascinating insight into Hammon’s evolving views on slavery. It dates back to 1786.