Commend Writer for Teaching African American History Correctly

Target: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Goal: Commend Henry Louis Gates Jr. for helping to teach people about African American history

In school, students will often learn the same parts of African American history and are not exposed to other aspects of it. Many students are also influenced by the limited opinions given by teachers when being taught about African American history. Sometimes teachers are bias and can teach things inaccurately, such as information about the Black Panther Party.

It is unfortunate that the only way most students can learn African American history and culture accurately is by taking an African American Studies course in college. One Harvard scholar is trying to bring all of African American history to everyone through a television program on PBS. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the writer and host of a six part series called The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

The series is supposed to air in October and is about 500 years of African American history. It starts about 100 years earlier than when most teachers start teaching African American history because Gates believes, “All of us who had any African-American history always started with 1620 in Jamestown, and that’s 107 years too late. And we’re correcting that in this series.”

Gates is dedicated to teaching everyone all of African American history. His series is important because people need to know the real African American story in America starting with the first African Americans that were forced to come to America. Commend Gates for his efforts to share the history with the American public by signing the petition below.


Dear Henry Louis Gates Jr.,

Your upcoming series on the PBS channel will teach so many people about African American history accurately. The series is very necessary because most students are not educated correctly when it comes to African American history. They are influenced by the opinions of their instructors and are taught a very limited amount of history. They are also taught to only view African American history one way.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will allow viewers to see African American history from new perspectives. The six part series is intended to go deeper into African American history than most classes go. It starts earlier in history than most teachers start teaching.

Your dedication to this series and African American history will impact the future. People will finally be taught the important stories from the past accurately. Thank you for all of the passion and effort you have put into this new series.


[Your Name Here]

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