Posted on February 26, 2021

Cherry Hill Schools Expected to Create Mandatory Black History Course

Mike DeNardo, KYW, February 22, 2021

The Cherry Hill school board Tuesday is expected to approve an African-American studies course that high school students will have to pass to graduate. It’s believed to be the first such mandatory course in New Jersey.

The course is the result of activism by Black students in Cherry Hill, who say they don’t see themselves in the current curriculum.

“In our history class that we have now, there isn’t a lot taught about African-American history,” Cherry Hill High School East senior Machayla Randall told KYW Newsradio. “It’s kind of just limited to the civil rights movement and slavery – and that’s usually only during Black History Month,” she said.


The district of 11,000 students is 57% white and 8% Black. {snip}