A public elementary school in Mississippi named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.
Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson, MS. is named after Jefferson Davis. At the beginning of the next school year however, the school will be renamed, Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary.
This decision to change the school’s name was raised by it’s students. Janelle Jefferson, president of Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees said, “They know who [Davis] was and what he stood for… This has a great impact on them, because [Obama] is who they chose out of anybody else they could. This is the person that the whole school supported. He was their Number One choice.”
Students from every class researched and gave presentations about their candidates at an assembly before they voted their final decision. The decision to name the school after Obama was made on Oct. 6.
The name change announcement comes at a time when the nationwide is in debate over the removal of Confederate statues across the country, along with name changes for buildings honoring racially charged figures from U.S. history.
Kudos to the students of the future Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson, MS.