A School Named After Jefferson Davis Will Be Renamed After Obama

19 October, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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A Jackson elementary school will change its name from one that honors Confederate leader Jefferson Davis (left) to one that honors former President Barack Obama.

Jefferson confirmed that the school's community wanted "to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves". While the change won't go into effect until the 2018-2019 school year, however, Jefferson explained they had reached out to the student body to see what they thought about the name change, and whose name they would prefer. Parents, students and school staff were given two weeks to submit recommendations, and they voted using paper ballots on October 5. The PTA president announced the planned change at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Davis IB Elementary School will be renamed next school year.

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The school PTA took suggestions for a new name from parents, students and employees, Jefferson said.

The Obama name change comes as schools, churches and municipalities across the country drop Confederacy-affiliated labels from their buildings and remove Confederate statues from public spaces. Jefferson declined to identify the other names under consideration, saying the school wished to focus on the new name going forward. The names of famous confederate leaders, meanwhile, can be found on campuses across the state.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump ignited controversy when he compared the removal of Mr Lee's statue to one of George Washington - three days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville erupted into deadly violence.

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