JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Legislation to allow Mississippi public schools to teach a course in civil rights history has been sent to the governor.

The House gave final approval to the bill Wednesday.

‘‘No other state has a law like this,’’ said Susan Glisson, executive director of the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, who spearheaded the legislation. ‘‘I think it would be significant for Mississippi to be the first.’’

The idea for the legislation came from Glisson’s conversations with history teachers during civil rights workshops sponsored by the institute, based at the University of Mississippi.

The bill would create a civil rights education commission that works directly with the state Department of Education on a history curriculum.

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