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'Woke' to stay on school shelves with 5-3 vote
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Kershaw County Board of Schools Trustee member Ron Blackmon shows off the interior pages of “Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice” during Tuesday’s board meeting. Blackmon was one of three trustees to vote against upholding a joint committee decision to leave the book in on school library shelves. A parent had appealed the decision, claiming it promotes Critical Race Theory. After a long discussion, trustees voted 5-3 to allow the book to remain in the district’s libraries. (Gee Whetsel/C-I)
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted 5-3 to keep a book of poems in Kershaw County School District (KCSD) libraries during its meeting Tuesday. Chairman Dr. James Smith, Vice Chair Shirley Halley, and trustees Matt Irick, Mark Sury and Todd McDonald all voted to uphold a recommendation by school- and district-level committees for Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice remain on library shelves.