To Allow High School Seniors to wear their black history club stoles at graduation.
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In 2017 high school graduates a part of the Black History Club at Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville North Carolina. Was told they would not be allowed to wear their stoles that students and their families paid for, also was made by women in Kenya during their graduation. Public outcry to school principal to allow the students to wear this did not have any effect. Student was told that if they wore them on graduation day that they would be removed from graduation and not allow to walk across stage. Now a year later 2018 again graduating seniors that are part of the Black History Club are still not being allowed to wear their stoles for graduation. Students and family seeked help from Cumberland County North Carolina School Board but they stood with the principal decision. No exclamation has been given to why these students are not allowed to wear their stoles which represents their heritage and the hard work that they did while with the Black Hstory Club. Cumberland County Schools made the decision to purchase Native American stoles to allow students apart of the Native American club to wear them during graduation. When asked why one club can wear them but not another. The school board stated" the Native American Club is a recognized group State and Federal level." This is our youth and we must stand behind them. They fought to create the Black History Club at 71st High school and now are fighting to wear their stoles that represent their hard work. This should not be able to go on in 2018. Any child no matter what race should be allowed to wear their Club stoles on graduation day. We are asking that you sign this petition to show our youth that we stand behind them. Let's show them their hard work is not in vain. They work hard and should not be discriminated against due to African Americans not being a recognized group Statewide or Nationwide.
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