BERKELEY, Calif. — (AP) — Two San Francisco Bay Area schools named for founding fathers who were slaveholders will get new names following a push by Black Lives Matter activists. The Berkeley Unified School District board approved the resolution last week.
The San Francisco Chronicle says the move started the process of renaming Jefferson and Washington elementary schools. The current names commemorate the first and third U.S. presidents, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who both owned slaves.
Community members tried previously to rename Jefferson Elementary, but the motion was not passed.
The current BLM movement, following the police killing of George Floyd, inspired a renewed effort to change the names.