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It’s 7 o’clock on a Wednesday night and Pastor Sharon Riley of Agape Perfecting Praise & Worship Center in Orlando would usually be preparing to lead Bible study.

Today, she’s getting her church ready for their first ever African American history masterclass.

There are about 100 parishioners packed into the pews, including a group of middle school boys. Riley says these classes are in direct response to Florida’s current political climate where restrictions have been placed on teaching history.

“Because we have families who have students who are registered in our public school system, we know that there are certain pieces of information relevant to our history that are not going to be taught,” said Pastor Riley.

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