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MS elementary school changing its name from 'Jefferson Davis' to 'Barack Obama'

MS elementary school changing its name from 'Jefferson Davis' to 'Barack Obama'

Davis IB Elementary School will be renamed next school year.

The PTA asked the Davis Magnet community to submit suggestions for the new name, Jefferson said. "They could relate to Barack Obama because of his achievements, because he looks like them", Jefferson said.

A predominantly black school in MS named after Confederate president Jefferson Davis is ditching its name and replacing it with Barack Obama's.

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.

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees had approved a policy that permitted the PTA and Davis community with the control to rename the school.

Despite initial doubts, Turner stated on October 17 that the school would be able to change its name beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The board's attorney, Dorian Turner, was unsure at the time if they had the legal power to change the schools' names.

Students from every class researched and gave presentations about their candidates at an assembly before the vote, Jefferson said. Jefferson declined to identify the other names under consideration, saying the school wished to focus on the new name going forward.

"Even the kindergartners participated", she said.

Instead of being referred to as Davis Magnet IB, the campus will now be known as Barack Obama Magnet IB, or International Baccalaureate. Thankfully, one school in Jackson, Mississippi is making progress. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

About 20 schools across the United States are named for Obama, the nation's first black president, according to Education Week. "Having a school where there was input from parents, teachers and students - along with the school board - it seems like a model for how these decisions should be approached across the country".

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump ignited controversy when he compared the removal of Mr Lee's statue to one of George Washington - three days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville erupted into deadly violence.