We the undersigned hereby petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida to honor someone more reflective of our values.
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Davey Gnann Volkhardt, United States11 months ago Comments: PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON'T change the name of Robert E Lee High School. Of course, its a tradition! Changing the name would be like cutting off a part of our lives. How many of the multitude of us who attended that wonderful school and had our lives shaped by the great teachers and fellow students ever approved of slavery????? Absolutely NONE. We cannot change history. PLEASE!!! Don't take that part of our lives away from us. To be considerate of the current students who are offended (and we certainly understand their position), maybe the school could be named: ROBERT E LEE -- MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGH SCHOOL to show the progress that we the people and our nation made. Davey Gnann Volkhardt
Cari Fisher, United States1 year ago Comments: This is overdue. Let's ask the black students how they feel.
Melinda Lee, United States1 year ago Comments: The fact that this school was so named in order to keep black children from wanting to atted despite desegregation tells the story. It's a shameful story. As a teacher (ironically at another school named for a confederate leader) I'd like to see all these school undergo name changes. When people ask where I work I'm ashamed to even say the name....at the school we just use the initials and don't even bother with the whole name.
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