Education app adds Black girl hair after TN first-grader speaks up

All people have the power to create change, including 7-year-old Morgan Bugg of Brentwood.

In early April, Morgan was using the educational app Freckle as a part of her online, first-grade curriculum at Edmondson Elementary School. The online platform is gamified, giving students the opportunity to win coins while completing activities geared toward reading and math enhancement.

Upon successfully completing Freckle learning activities, Bugg went to redeem her coins and style her own avatar. However, when she arrived at the virtual store, she realized there were no hairstyle options for Black female students like her.

At the time, there was

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Even in New York City, where his family moved when he was young, he tried to tame pigeons and catch cicadas. His mother worked long hours sewing pockets on shirts at a local clothing factory, making 6 cents apiece. The family struggled financially, but nature was a familiar refuge.


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