Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

MS school named after Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama

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Melinda Barton | 18 October, 2017, 23:42

For months, parents of students at Davis IB Elementary School, named after General Robert E Lee, fought to rid the school of its Confederate reference in favour of celebrating America's first black president, according to Newsweek. The official declaration would put the public school system in the state's hands, which would have halted the community's renaming efforts.

On Tuesday evening, a predominately black MS elementary school announced that it would be changing its name from "Jefferson Davis" to "Barack Obama". Davis is named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. It's unclear whether the groups will rename George Elementary and Lee Elementary, both of which are named after Confederate leaders.

The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson reports that school stakeholders voted to rename the school, which is 98 percent black.

A MS school is shedding the name of the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Numerous schools are majority black, according to Education Week. 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. Professor Janelle Scott of the University of California noted that an increasing number of Confederate-named schools were changing their titles in favor of prominent African American figures like Obama.

"You won't see anything happen in terms of a formal name change until next year", Turner told reporters after the meeting.

Obama has largely remained out of the public eye since leaving office.