Mississippi school shedding Confederate name, being renamed after Obama

Mississippi school named after Jefferson Davis to change name to ...
A Mississippi Elementary School Named For The President Of The Confederacy Will Be Renamed After Obama
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19 October, 2017

Barack Obama Magnet IB emerged as the clear winning name.

Imagine being a black student at a school named after a Confederate.

President Obama reflects a type of person "who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves", according to the school's PTA president.

The decision to change the name was made following a vote on Tuesday by the school's Parent-Teacher association.

The school is now named after the late Jefferson Davis. Students from each class at the school gave presentations on their favorite pick. The public school's enrollment in 2017 showed 98 percent of black students, with an overall enrollment of 97 percent black students.

However, the name change is still set to take place for the 2018-19 school year.

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"Even the kindergartners participated", she said. Jefferson declined to identify the other names under consideration, saying the school wished to focus on the new name going forward. The school will now be called the Barack Obama Magnet IB.

About 96 percent of students in Jackson Public Schools are African-American.

"This is a magnet school with advanced instruction", she said. After the Confederate surrender, he was accused of treason and imprisoned for two years, but never tried.

Last month, the episcopal church that Confederate commander Robert E. Lee attended when he was president of Washington and Lee College in Lexington, Virginia even voted to change its name from the Robert E. Lee Memorial Church back to its original title, the Grace Episcopal Church.

According to Mississippi Today, the school's parent-teacher association first asked for name requests during a meeting on September 21.

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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