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

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Jefferson Davis School will be renamed to Barack Obama Elementary by the 2018-2019 school year.

Jefferson went on to say that parents and staff had wanted to rename the school after someone "who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves" - and they felt the 44th President would be flawless.

Davis Magnet appears to be the first school in MS to be named after former president Obama.

The push to rename the school became urgent after the state Board of Education requested Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for JPS in September 2017. The school board, facing an impending takeover by the state over audits that found safety problems and other issues at schools, had earlier authorized PTA groups at three schools named after Confederate leaders to pick new names if they wished, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Mississippi Today reports that Jackson's school board policy requires schools to be named after "persons of good character and prominence who have made outstanding contributions to the school system". Unfortunately, not every monument we create or building we name best represents our country, especially when it comes to the Confederacy. The decision to name the school after Obama was made on October 6. The school will now be called the Barack Obama Magnet IB.

"I wholeheartedly agree with the name", Board President Camille Simms said Tuesday night.

Last month, the episcopal church that Confederate commander Robert E. Lee attended when he was president of Washington and Lee College in Lexington, Virginia even voted to change its name from the Robert E. Lee Memorial Church back to its original title, the Grace Episcopal Church.

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