My main point in my previous letters to the editor (Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 23-24 Mirror-Democrat/Times Journal) were make the book “The 1619 Project” available in middle school and high school history classes.
I didn't say teach “The 1619 Project,” but if people read at least one essay it would be worth their time. I stand by that statement. Surely there are middle school students and high school students who are exceptional and would seek out other historical points of view if they were offered.
I suspect that history textbooks in middle and high school throughout the country are similar as there are few publishers of textbooks. I have no idea what content is in these textbooks, but having an opportunity to learn other points of view from other historians, whether it be in a novel, autobiography etc., would be welcomed by any motivated student.
Considering the recent attacks of parents demanding certain books be removed from libraries and schools, including classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Slaughter House Five,” and “Beloved,” to name a few, it is refreshing that the Savanna Public Library bought “The 1619 Project” and readers in Carroll County can decide for themselves if reading one or two essays or the whole book was worth their time and if they learned some facts they weren't aware of dealing with our racial history.
One final note. I would highly recommend for anyone who travels to Washington D.C. to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.