Jul 23, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Virginia high school renamed to honor John Lewis

President Obama puts the Medal of Freedom around John Lewis's neck
Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Fairfax County School Board voted Thursday to rename Springfield's Robert E. Lee High School for the late civil rights titan Rep. John R. Lewis.

The big picture: The decision comes amid nationwide debates around renaming buildings and removing statues honoring Confederate figures. President Trump has been vocal against the name changes and toppling of monuments.

What they're saying: "The Board heard from students, teachers and staff members, families, and the community about the old name," School board chair Ricardy Anderson said, according to Fox 5. It was important for us to be mindful of these comments and to select a name that reflected the diversity and multiculturalism that currently exists at the school and in our community."

  • "Rep. Lewis was a champion of the Civil Rights movement, and our Board strongly believes this is an appropriate tribute to an individual who is a true American hero. We will also honor his life’s work by continuing to promote equity, justice, tolerance and service in the work that we do.” 
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