Testimony to the Maryland Senate's Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in Support of SB 462

February 16, 2022

President and Executive Director John C. Yang writes in favorable support of Maryland's Senate Bill 462

Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC (Advancing Justice — AAJC) submitted this testimony for the public hearing on SB 462 (“Expanded American History”) held on February 16, 2022 by the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland Senate in Annapolis, MD. The testimony is in support of SB 462, which seeks to expand the history curriculum taught in schools across Maryland to include the histories of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Black Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and women. We believe that these histories are American history and that our children deserve to see their histories reflected in the classroom. The proposed bill will allow students across Maryland to learn our history truthfully and have honest discussions about diversity, racism, and sexism. This bill will help ensure that students can become responsible members and leaders of an increasingly diversifying society.