By KATHLEEN JACOB, WZTV
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (CIRCA via WZTV) — One Murfreesboro, Tennessee, elementary school has received quite a bit of attention over what parents call a controversial change.
Parents told Circa partner WZTV that students at Blackman Elementary School are celebrating Multicultural Month instead of Black History Month in February.
Tanisha Wilson and Lauren Strode are two mothers who value their history and know the importance of passing it on to their children.
"Black history is multicultural to my family," Strode explained. "We have Panamanian history. We have Jamaican history, and we have African history."
It's why she wasn't upset when she heard that her son's school was going to celebrate multicultural history this February instead of Black History Month.
"We live globally now. We live differently than we did years ago where it was just about your town," Strode said.
It's why she and Wilson teach their kids about their heritage daily.
"I know it starts with the children," said Wilson, whose view is a little different than her friend's.
“When we talk about a school replacing black history, we’re talking about a school taking away precious time that could be spent where these children learn what really happened,” Wilson said.
While she wants multicultural history celebrated, she doesn't necessarily think Black History Month should be replaced.
"It's bittersweet because I agree that America should focus on other cultures and learn about other races, but to water down or downplay the main focus of black history would be to take away a part of America's history," Wilson said.
Both women made one thing clear: No matter what a school decides to teach their children, they'll always make sure they know where they came from.
"For me, black history is every day. Every day, we're making history, and every day, we're striving for the best," Strode said.
WZTV reached out to the school district for a response but has not heard back.
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