School to ditch Confederate namesake, renamed after Obama

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Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary, which is named for Jefferson Davis, will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary beginning next school year, the school's PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, said at a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.

A public elementary school in MS named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.

On Tuesday, it was also confirmed that the changes to the name would take place in the 2018-2019 school year.

Jefferson went on to say that parents and staff had wanted to rename the school after someone "who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves" - and they felt the 44th President would be flawless.

'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, ' she said to the board, according to the Clarion Ledger.

A demographic breakdown of Davis Magnet's enrollment for 2017 shows 98 percent of the school's students are black. It's unclear whether the groups will rename George Elementary and Lee Elementary, both of which are named after Confederate leaders.

Most students were born during the eight years Obama was in office and the former president overwhelmingly won the vote. (The article includes a fun interactive map).

In their own words, Confederate leaders explain secession, the Civil War and their views about black people.

The parent brought the issue to the PTA as word spread throughout the school, one of 38 public elementary schools in Mississippi's capital city.

"Jefferson Davis 1808-1889. Kentucky native Jefferson Davis attended Transylvania University in Kentucky and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1828". Community leaders are still trying to rename two other local schools: George Elementary, named after Confederate Brigadier General James Zachariah George - author of a postwar state constitution that denied voting rights for black citizens - and Lee Elementary, named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Mr Trump said a few days after the incident. I wonder is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

Before the vote, students, parents and staff were able to present their ideas for new names, according to CBS News.

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