(CNN) The Richmond, Virginia, elementary school can switch its name from those of a Confederate general to that from the nation’s first black President.
People of the school’s community submitted suggestions for a new name and college students at the Richmond school, which is 95% African-American according to WTVR, voted amongst seven choices. The top three finalists were: Barack Obama, Northside plus Wishtree, the station reported.
Last year, the school board in Mississippi decreased the name Jefferson Davis, for the leader of the Confederacy, in favor of naming a good elementary school after America’s 44th president.
Furthermore on Monday, the Tulsa, Ok, school board voted to rename Columbus and Chouteau elementary educational institutions, but delayed the vote about what to call another elementary college that is named for Confederate common Robert E. Lee, reported CNN affiliate KRJH.
Columbus Elementary, called for the now-controversial 15th century explorer, will become Dolores Huerta Elementary, called after the activist who co-founded the particular National Farm Workers Association along with Cesar Chavez.
Chouteau Elementary, named for investor and purported slave owner Jean-Pierre Chouteau, according to CNN affiliate KTUL
, will become Wayman Tisdale Fine Artistry Academy, named for a local golf ball star who became an NBA player and later a successful jazz music musician before his death in 2009.
The particular Tulsa school board approved a big change for Robert E. Lee Primary, but will decide on a new title at its next meeting within August, CNN affiliate KJRH reported.
The debate surrounding what to do with Confederate names, statues and symbols continues to be underway in recent years since Dylann Roofing killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015. And yes it flared up again after white-colored nationalists marched during the summer in order to protest the removal of a Robert Electronic. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va, where a counterprotester was killed.
The Southern Poverty Legislation Center
estimates that will 100 public schools in the US are usually named for Confederate leaders, along with most of them clustered in the South.