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

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

On Tuesday evening, a predominately black MS elementary school announced that it would be changing its name from "Jefferson Davis" to "Barack Obama".

During the 2016-17 school year, the student population was 96 percent black, so it is not a surprise that they might not think that Davis is the best representation for their community.

Before the vote, students from each class at the school gave presentations on the name they most preferred.

Davis Magnet appears to be the first school in MS to be named after former president Obama. The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees in September approved a measure allowing the Parent Teacher Association and the community to decide whether or not the school's name should be changed. 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 gravitated to that name when it was proposed by a student", Jefferson said.

Instead of being referred to as Davis Magnet IB, the campus will now be known as Barack Obama Magnet IB, or International Baccalaureate.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, officials are also weighing whether to change the names of two other institutions - George Elementary and Lee Elementary.

Davis, a former USA senator and secretary of war, served as president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865.

The school is not the first to be named after the 44th president. Most have predominantly black student bodies.

The Obama name change comes as schools, churches and municipalities across the country drop Confederacy-affiliated labels from their buildings and remove Confederate statues from public spaces.

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.

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