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Newly revived African-American studies class at suburban high school aims to go beyond 'heroes and holidays'

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Waukegan High School junior Amari Patterson had no idea who Annie Malone was.

Her African-American studies teacher, Wendy Barnes, had interrupted the students Tuesday morning as they prepared announcements to be read over the loudspeaker during Black History Month to ask the question.

Malone, who founded a hair and cosmetic business in the early 1900s, was the first African-American woman to become

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