Oakland School Board approves black English program and sparks nationwide debate

January 1997
Jet;01/13/97, Vol. 91 Issue 8, p12
Focuses on the vote of the Oakland California School Board to recognize black English, or Ebonics, as a second language. The vote sparking a nationwide debate; Origin of the term Ebonics; Opposition of black leader Jesse Jackson and poet Maya Angelou to the vote; Examples of Ebonics words; Comments of Board member Toni Cook.


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