School Named After Confederate Leader Will Be Renamed For Barack Obama

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The school's student body is 98 percent black.

Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, has operated for years under the namesake of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

The potential for the disbandment led board members to encourage PTA members at three schools in the Jackson Public Schools system to consider renaming at a hastened pace.

The school's new name, Barack Obama Magnet IB, will now "reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves", she added. The names of famous confederate leaders, meanwhile, can be found on campuses across the state.

"They gravitated to that name when it was proposed by a student", Jefferson said.

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The final vote was cast by paper ballot on October 5.

If the school receives adequate funding for the name change, the renaming will go in effect beginning the 2018-2019 school year. They overwhelmingly chose Obama. "They could relate to Barack Obama because of his achievements, because he looks like them".

Davis Magnet School became an worldwide baccalaureate school in 2005 and was ranked first among Mississippi's 403 elementary schools in September based on 2016 test scores by SchoolDigger.com. After the Confederate surrender, he was accused of treason and imprisoned for two years, but never tried.

It was actually the possibility of being unable to meet again that spurred the board members at their September 19 meeting to delegate their naming authority to PTA groups at three schools -Davis Magnet, George Elementary and Lee Elementary, named after Confederate leaders.

The school name change comes amid a national debate over the removal of Confederate statutes in various cities across the U.S. The issue sparked violent protests that received national attention in August in Charlottesville, Va., and resulted in one death. On Thursday, Oct. 5, parents, teachers and students voted on paper ballots.

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