(BREAKING WIDE) — Robert E Lee High School In Virginia To Be Renamed After John R Lewis. Earlier, Jim Carrey said Robert E Lee statue is best suited in ocean floor with the fishes.
The late civil right icon John Lewis served as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.
Fairfax County school board members have changed the name ‘Robert E. Lee High School’ to ‘John R. Lewis High School’. The school board voted Thursday to rename the school after the late U.S. congressman.
In a news release, Rep.Tamara Derenak Kaufax, who is a boardmember for where the school is located in Springfield, near Washington, D.C., proposed a resolution to remove the Confederate general’s name from the school in February. Several board members clapped and cheered when the unanimous vote was announced.
“The name Robert E. Lee is forever connected to the Confederacy, and Confederate values are ones that do not align with our community,” Kaufax said. “I believe that John Lewis’ extraordinary life and advocacy for racial justice will serve as an inspiration to our students and community for generations to come.”
John Lewis, whose fight for racial justice began in Georgia in the 1960s, died of cancer last Friday. He was 80. While the nation reacted to his death with an outpouring of grief and accolades, Lewis’ name had been on the school district’s short list even before last week.
He was a leader of the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1991 as a Chief Deputy Whip and from 2003 as Senior Chief Deputy Whip. Lewis received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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