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H.R. 1394: Black History is American History Act

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To authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to eligible entities to carry out educational programs that include the history of peoples of African descent in the settling and founding of America, the economic and political environments that led to the development, institutionalization, and abolition of slavery and its impact on all Americans, the exploration and expansion of America, impact on and contributions to the development and enhancement of American life, United States history, literature, the economy, politics, body of laws, and culture, and for other purposes.

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Joyce Beatty

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2021
Length: 8 pages
Feb 26, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 26, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 26, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


64 Cosponsors (64 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

CBC Chair Beatty Joyous Juneteenth Rightfully Recognized as National Holiday
    — Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] (Sponsor) on Jun 16, 2021

Meng Introduces Legislation to Promote the Teaching of Asian Pacific American History in Schools; Measure Seeks to Help Combat Bigotry and Discrimination Against Asian Americans
    — Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6] (Co-sponsor) on May 4, 2021

House Passes Beatty Bipartisan Bill Honoring Harlem Hellfighters
    — Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] (Sponsor) on Jun 15, 2021

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Feb 26, 2021

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