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Chicago, Crime, and Life: At age 18, Willie Reed risked his life to appear as a surprise witness in the Emmett Till Murder Trial theblaquelioness @theblaquelioness Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet pickup truck. Mr. Reed, a sharecropper, risked his life at 18 to appear as a surprise witness in the prosecution of the white men accused of the crime. He became the momentary hero of the Till trial, an event that helped spur the civil rights movement. Mr. Reed passed away in 2013 at a hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He was 76, and he had lived in Chicago under a different name — first in secrecy and later in relative obscurity — since fleeing Mississippi for his safety over 65 years ago. For decades, he had worked as a hospital orderly. Mr. Reed knew speaking out against the defendants in the case would make him, too, a target for lynching. But he “couldn’t have walked away,” he said years later. “Emmett was 14,” Mr. Reed told the CBS News show “60 Minutes,” “and they killed him. I mean, that’s not right. . . . I knew that I couldn’t say no. Via: washingtonpost.com WillieReed EmmettTill theblaquelioness
Chicago, Crime, and Life: At age 18, Willie Reed risked his life to appear as
 a surprise witness in the Emmett Till Murder Trial
 theblaquelioness
 @theblaquelioness
Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet pickup truck. Mr. Reed, a sharecropper, risked his life at 18 to appear as a surprise witness in the prosecution of the white men accused of the crime. He became the momentary hero of the Till trial, an event that helped spur the civil rights movement. Mr. Reed passed away in 2013 at a hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He was 76, and he had lived in Chicago under a different name — first in secrecy and later in relative obscurity — since fleeing Mississippi for his safety over 65 years ago. For decades, he had worked as a hospital orderly. Mr. Reed knew speaking out against the defendants in the case would make him, too, a target for lynching. But he “couldn’t have walked away,” he said years later. “Emmett was 14,” Mr. Reed told the CBS News show “60 Minutes,” “and they killed him. I mean, that’s not right. . . . I knew that I couldn’t say no. Via: washingtonpost.com WillieReed EmmettTill theblaquelioness

Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the h...

Be Like, Children, and Gif: <p><a href="https://shitpost-senpai.tumblr.com/post/171437310790/delta-echo-romeo-papa-kaldicuct" class="tumblr_blog">shitpost-senpai</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://delta-echo-romeo-papa.tumblr.com/post/171437016102/kaldicuct-the-jingle-birdy" class="tumblr_blog">delta-echo-romeo-papa</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://kaldicuct.tumblr.com/post/168472725851/the-jingle-birdy" class="tumblr_blog">kaldicuct</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://the-jingle-birdy.tumblr.com/post/168472184313/friendly-neighborhood-patriarch-lornagonigall" class="tumblr_blog">the-jingle-birdy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://friendly-neighborhood-patriarch.tumblr.com/post/168471936927/lornagonigall-focusdammit-fash-metal" class="tumblr_blog">friendly-neighborhood-patriarch</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://lornagonigall.tumblr.com/post/168442646725/focusdammit-fash-metal-the-jingle-birdy" class="tumblr_blog">lornagonigall</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://focusdammit.tumblr.com/post/168415047993/fash-metal-the-jingle-birdy-fash-metal" class="tumblr_blog">focusdammit</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://fash-metal.tumblr.com/post/168408250933/the-jingle-birdy-fash-metal-tooiconic" class="tumblr_blog">fash-metal</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://the-jingle-birdy.tumblr.com/post/168407942963/fash-metal-tooiconic-jamcole" class="tumblr_blog">the-jingle-birdy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://fash-metal.tumblr.com/post/168407892748/tooiconic-jamcole-historicaltimes" class="tumblr_blog">fash-metal</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://tooiconic.tumblr.com/post/168407501646/jamcole-historicaltimes-mississippis-first" class="tumblr_blog">tooiconic</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://jamcole.tumblr.com/post/168367012603/historicaltimes-mississippis-first-interracial" class="tumblr_blog">jamcole</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com/post/168357139717/mississippis-first-interracial-couple-august-3" class="tumblr_blog">historicaltimes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Mississippi’s First Interracial Couple August 3, <a href="http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com/tagged/1970">1970</a></p> <p><small>via <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryPorn/comments/7ig0zj/mississippis_first_interracial_couple_august_3/">reddit</a></small></p> </blockquote> <p>R they still together, where they at? I need to know </p> </blockquote> <p>💕💕</p> </blockquote> <p>Hopefully they had no children </p> </blockquote> <p>Why you gotta be like that, man?</p> </blockquote> <p>The destruction of my people is not a thing to be taken lightly.</p> </blockquote> <p>Your people ain’t dying, I’ve seen at least a dozen morons today. </p> </blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="464" data-orig-width="680"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/fe814d17cad43e63b5053cfc2de0b6d3/tumblr_inline_p0thuzthu81taqeq8_500.jpg" data-orig-height="464" data-orig-width="680"/></figure></blockquote> <p>^^^^</p> </blockquote> <p>Hello 911 I just witnessed a murder</p> </blockquote> <p>That was a public execution.</p> </blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="250" data-orig-width="540"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/372838ab77263608dfcbb693b9398154/tumblr_inline_p4y3f2eDyl1skck4q_540.gif" data-orig-height="250" data-orig-width="540"/></figure></blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="350" data-orig-width="500"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/f689006e72d482d0341bfe5f8a3d2498/tumblr_inline_p4y3wgepJI1s3cj0w_540.gif" data-orig-height="350" data-orig-width="500"/></figure></blockquote>
Be Like, Children, and Gif: <p><a href="https://shitpost-senpai.tumblr.com/post/171437310790/delta-echo-romeo-papa-kaldicuct" class="tumblr_blog">shitpost-senpai</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://delta-echo-romeo-papa.tumblr.com/post/171437016102/kaldicuct-the-jingle-birdy" class="tumblr_blog">delta-echo-romeo-papa</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://kaldicuct.tumblr.com/post/168472725851/the-jingle-birdy" class="tumblr_blog">kaldicuct</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://the-jingle-birdy.tumblr.com/post/168472184313/friendly-neighborhood-patriarch-lornagonigall" class="tumblr_blog">the-jingle-birdy</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://friendly-neighborhood-patriarch.tumblr.com/post/168471936927/lornagonigall-focusdammit-fash-metal" class="tumblr_blog">friendly-neighborhood-patriarch</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="https://focusdammit.tumblr.com/post/168415047993/fash-metal-the-jingle-birdy-fash-metal" class="tumblr_blog">focusdammit</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://the-jingle-birdy.tumblr.com/post/168407942963/fash-metal-tooiconic-jamcole" class="tumblr_blog">the-jingle-birdy</a>:</p>

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<p><a href="https://fash-metal.tumblr.com/post/168407892748/tooiconic-jamcole-historicaltimes" class="tumblr_blog">fash-metal</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="https://tooiconic.tumblr.com/post/168407501646/jamcole-historicaltimes-mississippis-first" class="tumblr_blog">tooiconic</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://jamcole.tumblr.com/post/168367012603/historicaltimes-mississippis-first-interracial" class="tumblr_blog">jamcole</a>:</p>

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<p><a href="http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com/post/168357139717/mississippis-first-interracial-couple-august-3" class="tumblr_blog">historicaltimes</a>:</p>
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<p>Mississippi’s First Interracial Couple August 3, <a href="http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com/tagged/1970">1970</a></p> <p><small>via <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryPorn/comments/7ig0zj/mississippis_first_interracial_couple_august_3/">reddit</a></small></p>
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<p>R they still together, where they at? I need to know </p>
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<p>💕💕</p>
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<p>Hopefully they had no children </p>
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<p>Why you gotta be like that, man?</p>
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<p>The destruction of my people is not a thing to be taken lightly.</p>
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<p>Your people ain’t dying, I’ve seen at least a dozen morons today. </p>
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<p>Hello 911 I just witnessed a murder</p>
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<p>That was a public execution.</p>
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Dating, The Worst, and Tumblr: MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA GEORGIA DOES NOT DOES NOT. DOES NOT FLORIDA STOPS ABUSIVE DATING PARTNERS FROM CARRYING LOADED HIDDEN HANDGUNS IN PUBLIC EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY Source: Everytown Research: "State-by-State Danger of Overriding Concealed Carry Laws <p><a href="http://siryouarebeingmocked.tumblr.com/post/172082615290/yourownpetard-whostolemymonkey-everytown" class="tumblr_blog">siryouarebeingmocked</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://yourownpetard.tumblr.com/post/172073977084/whostolemymonkey-everytown-reminder" class="tumblr_blog">yourownpetard</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="https://whostolemymonkey.tumblr.com/post/172071856291/everytown-reminder-concealed-carry" class="tumblr_blog">whostolemymonkey</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://everytown.tumblr.com/post/169592736264/reminder-concealed-carry-reciprocity-would" class="tumblr_blog">everytown</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Reminder: “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” would allow people with dangerous histories to carry hidden, loaded handguns across the country. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>Reminder: Anyone convicted of domestic violence is not legally allowed to purchase or own weapons. If they’re doing it they’re doing it illegally and any law you make won’t matter. </p> </blockquote> <p>&gt;everytown</p> </blockquote> <p>Image by everytown.</p><p>Source: Everytown.</p></blockquote> <p>Are they really holding up Florida as an example when they have some of the worst gun violence in the country?</p>
Dating, The Worst, and Tumblr: MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA GEORGIA
 DOES NOT
 DOES NOT. DOES NOT
 FLORIDA
 STOPS ABUSIVE DATING PARTNERS
 FROM CARRYING LOADED
 HIDDEN HANDGUNS IN PUBLIC
 EVERYTOWN
 FOR GUN SAFETY
 Source: Everytown Research: "State-by-State Danger of Overriding Concealed Carry Laws
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<p><a href="https://whostolemymonkey.tumblr.com/post/172071856291/everytown-reminder-concealed-carry" class="tumblr_blog">whostolemymonkey</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="https://everytown.tumblr.com/post/169592736264/reminder-concealed-carry-reciprocity-would" class="tumblr_blog">everytown</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p>Reminder: “Concealed Carry Reciprocity” would allow people with dangerous histories to carry hidden, loaded handguns across the country. <br/></p></blockquote>

<p>Reminder: Anyone convicted of domestic violence is not legally allowed to purchase or own weapons.  If they’re doing it they’re doing it illegally and any law you make won’t matter. </p>
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<p>&gt;everytown</p>
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<p>Image by everytown.</p><p>Source: Everytown.</p></blockquote>

<p>Are they really holding up Florida as an example when they have some of the worst gun violence in the country?</p>

<p><a href="http://siryouarebeingmocked.tumblr.com/post/172082615290/yourownpetard-whostolemymonkey-everytown" class="tumblr_blog">siryouare...

Head, Memes, and Video Games: 9-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old Sister Over Video Game Controller; Officials Unsure If Charges Will Be Pressed @balleralert CB. 9-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old Sister Over Video Game Controller; Officials Unsure If Charges Will Be Pressed - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Saturday, tragedy struck in Monroe County, Mississippi, when a 13-year-old girl was shot and killed by her 9-year-old brother over a video game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to USA Today, the incident occurred after the young girl refused to give up a video game controller when her brother wanted it. As a result, officials say the young boy grabbed a gun and shot his sister in the back of the head, as the bullet pierced her brain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The teenage girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she later died. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV,” Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said. “I don’t know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This is all new ground for us, we’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9,” Cantrell said. “We don’t know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “That’s why I’m not too fast to say anything because there are juveniles involved. We want to do what’s right and we’re going to get it right.”
Head, Memes, and Video Games: 9-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old Sister
 Over Video Game Controller; Officials Unsure
 If Charges Will Be Pressed
 @balleralert
 CB.
9-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old Sister Over Video Game Controller; Officials Unsure If Charges Will Be Pressed - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Saturday, tragedy struck in Monroe County, Mississippi, when a 13-year-old girl was shot and killed by her 9-year-old brother over a video game. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to USA Today, the incident occurred after the young girl refused to give up a video game controller when her brother wanted it. As a result, officials say the young boy grabbed a gun and shot his sister in the back of the head, as the bullet pierced her brain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The teenage girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she later died. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV,” Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said. “I don’t know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This is all new ground for us, we’ve never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9,” Cantrell said. “We don’t know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “That’s why I’m not too fast to say anything because there are juveniles involved. We want to do what’s right and we’re going to get it right.”

9-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old Sister Over Video Game Controller; Officials Unsure If Charges Will Be Pressed - blogged by @MsJennyb ...

Community, Head, and Life: BREAKING NEWS LOUIS' APOLOGY Nov. 10 | Louis C.K. admits to sexual misconduct allegations; offers sincere public apology. Here is C.K.’s statement in full: I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not. These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly. I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position. I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with. I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work. The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situatio
Community, Head, and Life: BREAKING NEWS
 LOUIS' APOLOGY
 Nov. 10 | Louis C.K. admits to sexual
 misconduct allegations; offers sincere
 public apology.
Here is C.K.’s statement in full: I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not. These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly. I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position. I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with. I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work. The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situatio

Here is C.K.’s statement in full: I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia wh...

Children, Memes, and Obama: Mississippi Public School Named After Confederate Will Be Renamed After Barack Obama @balleralert Mississippi Public School Named After Confederate Will Be Renamed After Barack Obama-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A public school in Mississippi, that was previously named after Confederate Jefferson Davis, will now be renamed in honor of former president BarackObama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to the reports, the Jackson School Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to change Davis Magnet IB to Barack Obama Magnet IB. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "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,” said PTA President Janelle Jefferson. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to the stats from 2017 enrollment, 97% of the school's students are black. Jefferson said the name change is a way to honor someone that "fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The new name of the institution will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. Before making the transition, the school’s partners must first raise funds to support the name change.
Children, Memes, and Obama: Mississippi Public School Named
 After Confederate Will Be Renamed
 After Barack Obama
 @balleralert
Mississippi Public School Named After Confederate Will Be Renamed After Barack Obama-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A public school in Mississippi, that was previously named after Confederate Jefferson Davis, will now be renamed in honor of former president BarackObama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to the reports, the Jackson School Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to change Davis Magnet IB to Barack Obama Magnet IB. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ "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,” said PTA President Janelle Jefferson. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to the stats from 2017 enrollment, 97% of the school's students are black. Jefferson said the name change is a way to honor someone that "fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The new name of the institution will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. Before making the transition, the school’s partners must first raise funds to support the name change.

Mississippi Public School Named After Confederate Will Be Renamed After Barack Obama-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A public school i...