School Named After Confederate Leader Will Be Renamed For Barack Obama

Community leaders are also trying to rename two other schools in the district: George Elementary, which is named after Confederate Brigadier General James Zachariah George; and Lee Elementary, which is named for Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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

Former president Barack Obama, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

A Jackson, Mississippi elementary school is ditching its former name honoring the leader of the Confederacy in favor of one that honors the 44th president of the United States.

The response at the board meeting was "jovial", according to the newspaper. The president of the school's Parent-Teacher Association told the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees on Tuesday night (Oct. 17) that "school stakeholders" voted to change the school's name to Barack Obama Magnet IB.

A demographic breakdown by identifies 95 percent of the K-5 school's 2017 student body as African-American. Parents, students and school staff were given two weeks to submit recommendations, and they voted using paper ballots on October 5. Students from each class at the school gave presentations on their favorite pick. The decision to name the school after Obama was made on October 6. It had previously been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and consistently receives "A" ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education, Jefferson told McClatchy.

"Even the kindergartners participated", she said. He served as president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Named after the Confederate states president, the school will be stripped of its current name next year.

The name change will take effect next school year, officials said.

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.