Benjamin Crump Makes Commanding Plea For Black History: It's 'American History'

The attorney addressed the NAACP Image Awards following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' rejection of a new AP African American Studies course.

Attorney Benjamin Crump made a dynamic plea to not let politicians 鈥渋n Florida or any of the other 50 states鈥 get in the way of Black history during an address at the 54th NAACP Image Awards.

Crump, an attorney who has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, accepted the award show鈥檚 Social Justice Impact Award on Saturday.

His call comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced last month that his state鈥檚 Department of Education would turn away a new Advanced Placement African American Studies course.

Crump thanked those who have fought with him to 鈥渕ake liberty and justice for all a reality.鈥

He later addressed a ban of celebrated Black authors in schools and AP Black studies courses before making the call to advocate for Black children and culture in the classrooms.

鈥淸We have to] demand that they acknowledge that the teaching of Black history matters,鈥 Crump said before a standing ovation.

鈥淗arriet Tubman matters, Frederick Douglass matters, Ida B. Wells matters, Thurgood Marshall matters, Dr. King matters, Rosa Parks matters, Malcolm X matters, Shirley Chisholm, John Lewis, they were not mere footnotes in the history books 鈥 they were the heroes,鈥 he added.

Crump, who later referred to a quote from Carter G. Woodson, vowed to not let elected officials 鈥渆xterminate鈥 Black history, literature or culture.

鈥淣ot in Florida or any of the other 50 states because it is so important that both Black children and white children and all children know that Black history matters because Black history is American history,鈥 Crump said.

You can watch more of Crump鈥檚 powerful address below.