Obama's name to replace Jeff Davis on Jackson elementary school

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A MS elementary school will change its name to honor former President Barack Obama instead of its original namesake, Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

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.

The PTA president said Obama "fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves", according to the newspaper.

So, whose name will adorn the school building?

There are two other elementary schools in the district that are named after Confederate leaders, but the school district did not immediately respond to TPM's requests for comment on the status of those schools' names.

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The school appears to be the first named after Obama in MS, and one of the first in the South in general.

The push to rename the school became urgent after the state Board of Education requested Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for JPS in September 2017.

There are now at least 20 schools across the country that bear the Obama name. Such a ruling would result in state control of the schools, meaning that the board of trustees would not meet for a while, The Clarion-Ledger reports. The school will now be called the Barack Obama Magnet IB.

The Jackson school would be the 22nd one named after the 44th president, spread across 12 states.

The violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last month intensified the debate over what place Confederate memorials have in society.


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