School named after Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama

School named after Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama

School named after Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama

A Jackson, Mississippi elementary school is ditching its former name honoring the leader of the Confederacy in favor of one that honors the 44th president of the United States.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, officials are also weighing whether to change the names of two other institutions - George Elementary and Lee Elementary.

The school is now named after the late Jefferson Davis.

"Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him", she told the board.

Students from every class researched and gave presentations about their candidates at an assembly before the vote, Jefferson said.

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The potential for the disbandment led board members to encourage PTA members at three schools in the Jackson Public Schools system to consider renaming at a hastened pace.

Davis is named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

The students chose Obama because they were alive during his administration and felt that he shared their principles, Jefferson said. Thankfully, one school in Jackson, Mississippi is making progress. Named after the Confederate states president, the school will be stripped of its current name next year. "Having a school where there was input from parents, teachers and students - along with the school board - it seems like a model for how these decisions should be approached across the country". If the takeover does happen, the school board would be disbanded, but it is likely the name change would go through for the 2018-2019 school year since it predated the takeover, the Clarion-Ledger reported.

Interim board president Camille Stutts-Simms said she approved of the change and described it as a "monumentous move".

"When you realize who this school is named for, I think that it's a positive thing to be a part of this movement", Jefferson said.

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