Sean King is an 8 year old 2nd grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary School in Colorado Springs. He was presenting the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King for a class project. And he dressed the part.
He wore a black suit, a black tie, a white under shirt. But according to the school, he went one step too far in painting his face black.
The school says a staff member and a couple of other students were offended.
Blackface has been used in the past as a way of spreading negative stereotypes of African-Americans. From Wikipedia:
Stereotypes embodied in the stock characters of blackface minstrels not only played a significant role in cementing and proliferating racist images, attitudes and perceptions worldwide, but also in popularizing black culture.
But Marks Smith from Fallbrook, CA commented on this site to say:
What the boy was wearing was NOT, I repeat NOT blackface. He was in essence honoring MLK as a black man speaking for civil rights and preaching peaceful resolution. Blackface has exaggerated facial features including white over-sized lips and such.
The boy was asked to wash off the paint but the parents refused and took him out of school instead.