A public school in Atlanta named a Confederate general who was an original grand magician of the Ku Klux Klan, to be named for Hunk Aaron, who breaks baseball barriers and breaks racial barriers and career home run records is.
In a unanimous vote on Monday, the city’s school board approved the removal of the name General Nathan Bedford Forest From Forest Hill Academy and alternative school Hank Aaron New Beginning Academy.
Aaron accepted Babe Ruth as baseball’s home run king in 1974 – a record he held for more than three decades – but hated mail and death threats during his Hall of Fame career, which began in the Negro League happened. Aaron, who played two of his 23 major league seasons for the Braves, died in January at age 86, first in Milwaukee and then in Atlanta.
Under a school district policy in Atlanta, a Five year waiting period A school building cannot be named for a person until after the death of a notable person. But the policy can be waived through a unanimous vote by the school board, which happened in Aaron’s case. The naming of the school, a public alternative school for middle and high school students, will go into effect this year.
School board members said Forrest’s legacy lay with the community and its values.
School board member Michelle D. Olympiadis said during the meeting, “The South has much to offer regarding historical teachings and persecution.” “It is very important that we understand our history.”
Name change previously described Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Symbolizing a nationwide counterclaim on the Old South and the symbols of slavery that were instigated after the death of George Floyd last year while in police custody in Minneapolis.
More than 160 Confederate symbols were removed from public spaces or renamed last year After fatal poverty, according to the Center for Southern Poverty Law, which has campaigned to drop those symbols.
“Names matter,” Atlanta School Board President Jason F. Esteves said at Monday’s meeting.
The vote to rename the school in Atlanta came as officials in Jacksonville, Fla., Where Aaron played for one season in the minor leagues, were considering Including Aaron’s name in a baseball park Are you there
Aaron made his major league debut on April 13, 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves. Early in his career, black players were barred from hotels where white teammates lived during spring training in Florida. He pressed management for change, with no immediate success.
Writing in Jackie Robinson’s “Baseball Has Done It”, a collection of first-person accounts from baseball figures about his fight against racism, Aaron recalled the intolerance he faced.
Aaron wrote, “I read a few newspapers, I say that I was just a dumb kid from the south without any education.”
“Baseball has done a lot for me, teaching me to meet other types of people,” he continued. But he clearly said, “It has taught me who you are and how much money you make, yet you are a Negro.”