A public school in Mississippi named after Confederate president Jefferson Davis will be renamed in honor of former President Barack Obama “to reflect a person who fully represents the ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”
Earlier this month, the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees voted to rename the school Barack Obama Magnet IB, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
The newspaper notes that ninety-eight percent of the students who attend the Davis Magnet school are black.
“Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson said.
“I wholeheartedly agree with the name,” Board President Camille Simms said.
The name change will take effect during the 2018-19 school year.