The College Board revises AP Black history course

December 6, 2023

The College Board on Wednesday released a revised framework for its new Advanced Placement Black history course for 2024. 

The update came months after the non-profit testing company came under scrutiny for engaging with conservative critics, and announced planned revisions—and then re-revisions—to the Black history course in April.

The latest update includes more materials on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Black culture’s influence on film and sports, and the housing discrimination practice known as redlining.

Critics had asserted in April that the initial announced revisions were a bow to political pressure to remove topics some people find sensitive, such as Black Lives Matter, slavery reparations and LGBTQ issues.

The AP Black history class gained national attention when Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) said he would ban the class in his state, alleging it pushed a political agenda. 

On the other side of the discourse, some 800 scholars in African American studies had signed an open letter  calling on the College Board to revise its course. They’re planning a nationwide day of protest on May 3 to bolster “freedom to teach and learn”—or what they’re calling the fight against “‘Anti-Woke’ censorship.”

The College Board was founded in 1990 “to expand access to higher education,” its website says. It aims to help students “prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success.”

The billion-dollar non-profit administers SAT and AP courses. It also aims to be a resource for educators and schools.  

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