Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dolores Huerta, and Karen Korematsu Named California Education Ambassadors

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the selection of three social-cultural icons as California’s Ambassadors to California Education on Tuesday.

The honorees are American labor leader and civil rights activist Delores Huerta, former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Fred T. Korematsu Institute Founder and Executive Director Karen Korematsu.

“Extraordinary models of social justice inspire us to do better and be better. There are few that rival the inspiration of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dolores Huerta, and Karen Korematsu. Each are standard bearers in their own right and have held up a torch to tirelessly lead the way to better educational opportunities for all of California’s students,” Thurmond said.

All three were recognized for their individual contributions to education.

“Abdul-Jabbar was honored for leading efforts to boost after-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning opportunities for California's students. Huerta and Korematsu received the recognition for being key voices in the development of California’s new Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, which provides guidance to assist local high schools in developing ethnic studies courses, which are classes that research shows can improve graduation and college-going rates among all students—and especially teens of color,” according to a press release.

Read more about California’s Education Ambassadors here.


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