REVERE BEACH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An artist from Lexington has started an education reform initiative called “ReRite OurStory." It is aimed at transforming the history curriculum in Massachusetts public schools.
Leah Boutelle has set up a table and chairs at Revere Beach. She wants to start a conversation about what’s taught and not taught in history class, naming Black Wall Street as an example.
"We celebrate the accomplishments of people like Lincoln without knowing the full story," Boutelle said. She said she's in college wondering why she has not previously learned about Black history.
Boutelle is asking people write down what they want to learn about and takes their picture for a book she’s creating.
"I hope to bring this to city council and the Mass. Department of Ed[ucation]," Boutelle said. "If it catches fire in Boston, it could spread across the country."
WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports