Across South, a Push to Change Confederate School Names
By KIM CHANDLER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A renewed push has emerged to rename schools named for Confederate figures amid ongoing nationwide protests over police misconduct and racial injustice.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says more than 100 public schools are named for Confederates. Many were founded during the days of segregation as all-white schools but now serve mostly African American students.
School systems in Alabama, Texas and Virginia have voted in recent months to change school names.
But doing so is not always easy because of local resistance or state laws. The SPLC says about 40 schools have been renamed, or closed, in the past few years.
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8/31/2020 10:35:39 AM (GMT -5:00)