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Former professor Celeste Barber’s efforts to keep the Pledge of Allegiance as part of Santa Barbara Community College’s board of trustees meetings paid off on Thursday when it reinstated the tradition.
Almost 100 people cheered and recited it.
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Barber, a former English teacher at the California school, asked in July that the Pledge be put back on the agenda after noticing it was missing from the board’s public minutes. Barber expressed her concerns to board President Robert Miller, who told her in an email response that he dropped the Pledge because it has a “history steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism” and “bigotry.”
Barber gave a public response at a board meeting in January where she spoke about the Pledge’s role in American civic life and recited the Pledge while holding a small American flag.
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“I’m here to speak about the board president’s decision to discontinue the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at trustees public meetings,” Barbara said in January, as some protesters mocked her.
“When you recite the Pledge of Allegiance you are recommitting your oath to uphold and...
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