By Staff –
Davis Magnet IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, a predominantly black school, will become Barack Obama IB Elementary School at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. School stakeholders voted on the name change earlier this month.
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year at Davis Magnet IB Elementary School shows that 98% of students are black, and JPS’s enrollment overall is 97% black.
“The school community wanted to rename the campus to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves,” Davis Magnet IB PTA President, Janelle Jackson, said in a statement. “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 told the board.