San Francisco School Board President Wants Schools Tied to Slavery to Be Renamed

Veronica Graves
Portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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Matt Haney, president of the San Francisco School Board, wants to change the names of schools in the city named after slave owners, such as Washington and Jefferson, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He said that he got the idea while listening to a sermon of the Rev. Amos Brown at San Francisco's Third Baptist Church. Brown was talking about Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem and Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


According to the Times, Haney said that after the sermon, people talked about San Francisco schools that were named after Key and slave owners.

"We should rename Washington High School after San Francisco native, poet and author Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou High School. No schools named after slave owners," Haney wrote on Twitter.

In May, seven schools in the Houston Independent School District that had originally been named after Confederate figures were renamed, according to the Times.

Haney believes that it shouldn't just be schools named after slave owners that are renamed, but any school named after someone with a questionable human rights record.


Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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