Mississippi School Named After Confederate Being Renamed After Obama

Pablo Tucker
October 19, 2017

A demographic breakdown by SchoolDigger.com identifies 95 percent of the K-5 school's 2017 student body as African-American.

The name change for the Jefferson Davis Elementary School, which has a student population that is 98 percent black, was announced Tuesday at the district school board meeting, according to the Clarion-Ledger. 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.

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

Nationally, schools names and statues depicting Confederate leaders have come under fire in recent years, during a wave of backlash against the honoring of Confederate symbols. increasingly, towns throughout the country have moved to take down memorials of Southern military leaders who fought to maintain slavery and separate from the union.

Former President Barack Obama speaks in NY on September 20.

"Even the kindergartners participated", she said.

The school is not the first to be named after the 44th president. The Davis community had two weeks to submit their suggestions, and voted for their candidate of choice on October 5 using paper ballots, she said. "They are very excited about the school being named for President Obama". 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.

"This is a magnet school with advanced instruction", she said.

The school appears to be the first named after Obama in MS, and one of the first in the South in general.

Davis, a former USA senator and secretary of war, served as president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. Numerous schools are majority black, according to Education Week.

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