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Mississippi School Replaces Jefferson Davis' Name With Barack Obama, Upgrade

19 October 2017, 12:59 | Francis Delgado

Mississippi school named after Jefferson Davis to change name to ...

A Mississippi school named after Confederate leader Jefferson Davis is changing its name to honor former President Barack Obama according to a report from The Clarion-Ledger

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Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson announced at the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening that school stakeholders voted on October 5 to rename the school Barack Obama Magnet IB.

According to Mississippi Today, the magnet school named after Jefferson Davis, the senator who became the first President of the Confederate States of America, has made a decision to change its name.

Jefferson informed trustees Tuesday that the school community had voted in favor of the new name October 5.

The confederacy fought to keep black people enslaved, making it a controversial choice for a school whose student body is 98 percent black according to 2017 demographics reported by The Clarion-Ledger. Instate upgrade. The school's original name comes from Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

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

The response at the board meeting was "jovial", according to the newspaper. Critics of the school names and statues say they are accolades to the region's racist past, while supporters assert they represent history and should be preserved.

There's no word on the renaming developments of two other schools in the county: George Elementary, named after Confederate Gen. James Zachariah George, and Lee Elementary, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

On Tuesday, she confirmed, however, that the name change would be able to take place for the 2018-19 school year.

Students from each class were able to give presentations on the name they most preferred.



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