Several of Central Florida’s Black leaders and descendants of victims of the Ocoee and Rosewood massacres on Saturday denounced the state’s controversial African American history standards.
State Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, hosted the “Speak Out Town Hall,” which featured U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost. The event, held in the gymnasium of the James R. Smith Center in Orlando, drew well over 100 people.
Among the speakers were representatives of families victimized in the 1920 Ocoee Massacre and the 1923 Rosewood Massacre. Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump was slated to attend but tested positive for COVID-19, Thompson said.
The event’s speakers were not indirect in their criticisms of the new standards, which they said provides a “whitewashed” and “sanitized” version of history.