By CBSNewYork Team

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont hosted a virtual roundtable Tuesday with state officials and educators on Black History Month.

It included discussion on a recently enacted state law, which requires all Connecticut high schools to offer courses on African-American, Black, Puerto Rican and Latino studies.

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“Identity matters, particularly when 27% of our student body identifies as Latino or Hispanic, 13% identify as Black. This curriculum is one piece of a bridge to connect a story of people of color to American history,” said Desi Nesmith, deputy commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education.

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Connecticut schools will be given the option to begin the new Black history curriculum next fall.

It will be required starting in the fall of 2022.

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