A group of Colorado lawmakers wants the state to study the effects of slavery and systemic racism on Black Coloradans in order to better understand the types of policies and laws that could advance equity.

“We live in a time where there is an active effort to rewrite a Black history. But today in Colorado, with this legislation, we are taking a critical step forward towards a better and deeper understanding and reckoning with Black history in our state, and how it continues to affect us today,” state Sen. James Coleman, a Denver Democrat, said Wednesday as a group of Black Denver community leaders presented the legislative effort.

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