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Mississippi To Rename Elementary School After One of America’s Most Infamous Racists #o4a #news

Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 19th, 2017

A Mississippi elementary school chose to remove the president of the Confederacy from their name, and replace it with another figure infamous for his blatant racism.

Decades ago, Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School was named after Jefferson Davis.

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The school, in Jackson, with 98 percent black students being enrolled there, is set to be renamed for Barack Obama in the next academic year.

The name change was announced at a school board meeting by PTA President Janelle Jefferson, saying “The students had overwhelming support for President Obama,” Jefferson told The Associated Press.

Jefferson said names were suggested for the school, and “over a three week process, students in each class, from kindergarten through fifth grade, conducted research and presented it at a school assembly. Fourth- and fifth-graders oversaw an election with students, teachers and staff casting paper ballots at school. Parents could vote on campus or by absentee ballot.”

“We wanted to be very inclusive and transparent in the process to be fair, to make sure everybody felt like they had a voice,” Jefferson said.

Oppenheim, a school board member, said people have been asking for years why three schools in a majority African-American district are still named for Confederate figures.

In mid-September, the board authorized the PTA at each of the three schools to set new names. The change from Davis to Obama is the only one approved so far.

George Elementary is named for James Zachariah George, who signed Mississippi’s secession ordinance and drafted the state constitution that denied voting rights to black citizens.

Lee Elementary is named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Jefferson said the PTA will do “some very aggressive fundraising campaigns” to pay for new signs, stationery or other items needed for the name change to Obama.

The school is near the state Capitol building, and most of its students were born during the eight years Obama was president, starting in 2009.

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