SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois students would learn about the historical contributions of members of different religious groups under legislation that state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, recently voted to approve.
“Illinois is among the more diverse states in the country, and our education curriculum should reflect this reality,” said Slaughter. “Every faith community has made significant contributions to the fabric of our state, so it’s important that schools encourage an awareness of different religious traditions and beliefs.”
Slaughter supported Senate Bill 564, which requires Illinois schools to teach about the contributions of Americans of different faith practices, including but not limited to Christians, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists. The legislation also honors the late Black Muslim American civil rights icon Muhammad Ali by designating January 17 as Muhammad Ali Day, which will be shared with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2022.
“Throughout our history, religious communities have both advanced social justice and experienced discrimination themselves,” said Slaughter. “By educating our children about the transformative parts of our past, we can and will create a more equitable future for everyone regardless of their color, creed or place of worship.”