Poem at Black History Month assembly causes controversy in Peekskill

A 7-year-old prodigy's poem at a Black History Month event in Peekskill is causing controversy. Autum Ashante was invited to speak at a Black History Month assembly at Peekskill's Middle School on Ringgold

News 12 Staff

Mar 13, 2006, 11:47 PM

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Poem at Black History Month assembly causes controversy in Peekskill
A 7-year-old prodigy's poem at a Black History Month event in Peekskill is causing controversy. Autum Ashante was invited to speak at a Black History Month assembly at Peekskill's Middle School on Ringgold Street and school officials say they were as surprised and offended as anyone. According to a published report, the little girl read a poem in which she compares Columbus and Darwin to pirates and vampires who robbed blacks of their human rights. Peekskill School Superintendent Judith Johnson has only second-hand knowledge of the poem and said she feels the girl's parents have to take responsibility for what happened. Because the girl is not a student in Peekskill, district officials say there's nothing they can do about what she said, but they are still apologizing to anyone who was offended.


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