Northwestern educator removed from College Board's AP course in African American studies

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The dean of Northwestern's school of communication is one of the scholars purged from the College Board's Advanced Placement course in African American Studies.

Northwestern Dean E. Patrick Johnson said he was cancelled - and he's reminded of a quote by the late Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis: "Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble."

"Had I not been cancelled it means that I'm not in good trouble."

Johnson has written extensively about race, gender and sexuality and he said the College Board's decision to remove him from the AP course on African American Studies is a reaction to the political theater of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

"I mean if it wasn't so sad it would really be amusing.  There's a way in which the very thing they're trying to do is actually calling more attention to us.  People are now scrambling… what are they writing about?  Which is a great thing I think."

Johnson said he and other scholars are considering a virtual teach-in on Black queer studies.

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