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CAIR Welcomes Reversal of Utah School’s Opt-Out for Black History Month Curriculum

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed the reversal of a Utah school’s option for parents to opt-out of Black History Month curriculum for their children.  

Maria Montessori Academy in Ogden, Utah, received backlash when they originally gave parents the choice to opt their children out of Black History Month activities at the school. A few families had reportedly asked not to participate in the curriculum, so the school responded with an opt-out form.  

SEE: Utah school will no longer allow parents to opt students out of Black History Month curriculum

Ogden school removes opt-out option for Black History Month activities

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In a statement, CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen said: 

“It is astonishing that the option to opt-out of learning about Black history was even offered under the guise of exercising ‘civil rights.’ We welcome the reversal of this attempt to ignore a key component of our nation’s history.” 

Ajeen said Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.        

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.         

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.         


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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