Action Item: Remove KKK Leader’s Name from School
Community members in Jacksonville, Florida are hoping to remove a KKK leader’s name from a local high school.
Nathan Bedford Forrest High School was named after the Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard, but more than 162,000 people are seeking to change that.
Jacksonville father Ty Richmond began the Change.org petition and will present those signatures during a public town hall meeting on Tuesday evening.
According to Richmond, it’s “unfair for the nearly 55 percent African-American student body to attend a school named after a founding member of the KKK.”
The Orlando Sentinel has endorsed the name change, citing “Schools should be named for individuals who uplift — not debase.”
If you’d like to sign the petition, please click HERE. The public town hall will take place Tuesday, December 10 beginning at 6 p.m. EST at Nathan B. Forrest High School, 5530 Firestone Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32244.