Atlanta high school renamed after Hank Aaron, ousts Ku Klux Klan leader’s name

Take that, racists.

An Atlanta highschool is being renamed after late, nice baseball titan Hank Aaron, erasing the identify of a founding Ku Klux Klan member.

The choice highschool, initially named Forrest Hill Academy after Accomplice normal and authentic Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest, will now go by Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy beginning within the subsequent college yr.

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The college waived a district coverage of ready 5 years after an individual’s demise to rename a constructing.

Hank Aaron, who died in January at age 86, is remembered as one in every of baseball’s all-time greats, resting comfortably on the game’s Mount Rushmore. One in all baseball’s preeminent sluggers, Aaron completed his profession with 755 residence runs, crushing Babe Ruth’s long-standing file, and was a staunch determine within the civil rights motion.

Aaron confronted racial oppression all through the length of his 23-year profession and emerged as a sports activities titan.

Forrest’s claims to infamy are being the primary grand wizard of the KKK, slave dealer and inspiration for the identify Forrest Gump within the eponymous guide later tailored into a movie. 

Actually, this raises the query: What on the earth are we doing naming issues after KKK leaders? And, no, it is not about “heritage,” not in 2021.

The college district agreed, voting unanimously to rename the varsity in Aaron’s honor. The identify change has additionally impressed the area people to alter the identify of the road identify from Forrest Hill Drive, as properly.

“Names do matter,” board chairman  Jason Esteves mentioned.

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