North Eugene High School’s curriculum has gained attention recently regarding the music by rapper Kendrick Lamar not being included this year, prompting questions from some people in the community about whether 4J’s curriculum is culturally relevant and inclusive of Black students’ experiences.

Lamar’s album “DAMN.” won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for storytelling that reflected the complex experience of Black life in America. He also has won 13 Grammy Awards and been nominated 37 times. Teachers proposed a unit on Lamar, but were unable to teach it this school year because it has not gone through the district’s review process, district spokesperson Kerry Delf said.

The concerns around the curriculum, first reported by Eugene Weekly, have prompted protests, comments from then-school board candidate Maya Rabasa and personal essays about racism. It also has opened up a broader conversation about what it means to teach Black history and culture.