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Report: Kids Don’t Know Enough About Civil Rights

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Mary Marow holds a photo of civil rights activist Rosa Parks outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. (JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Mary Marow holds a photo of civil rights activist Rosa Parks outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. (JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – American students don’t know much about the civil rights movement, including those in Michigan — the long-time home of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has given 35 states, including Michigan, an “F” based on how much students are taught about civil rights in school.

“The southern states did a little better than the other states. States with a higher African-American population did a little better,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Law Center.

Alabama and Florida were among the few states given “A” grades. Those states require relatively detailed teaching about civil rights.

According to the report, public school standards are one major cause of the problem.

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