Davis Elementary will be renamed after Barack Obama

Davis Elementary will be renamed after Barack Obama

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.

Imagine being a black student at a school named after a Confederate. The public school's enrollment in 2017 showed 98 percent of black students, with an overall enrollment of 97 percent black students. Parents, students and school staff were given two weeks to submit recommendations, and they voted using paper ballots on October 5.

The school is now named after the late Jefferson Davis.

A dominantly black public school in MS named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States in the 1860s, will be renamed after former President Barrack Obama, according to a report released Wednesday.

"Even the kindergartners participated", she said.

Jefferson said the PTA solicited requests for names during a September 21 meeting. 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. Thankfully, one school in Jackson, Mississippi is making progress. "They could relate to Barack Obama because of his achievements, because he looks like them". Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The name change will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. After the Confederate surrender, he was accused of treason and imprisoned for two years, but never tried. "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".

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.

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