Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam last week signed Executive Order Thirty-Nine, which establishes the Commission on African American History Education. The commission is charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the state.
Northam made the announcement speaking at the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing, a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in 1619.
“The full history of Virginia is complex, contradictory, and often untold – and we must do a better job of making sure that every Virginia graduate enters adult life with an accurate and thorough understanding of our past, and the pivotal role