Dedication ceremony held for Barack Obama Elementary School, formerly named after J.E.B Stuart

Dedication Ceremony for Obama Elementary

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Public Schools (RPS) held a dedication ceremony for Barack Obama Elementary School Friday.

The Richmond School Board voted in June to rename J.E.B Stuart Elementary for Barack Obama. And during Friday’s ceremony, the students appeared pretty happy with the choice.

During Friday’s dedication ceremony, the students appeared pretty happy with the change of their school's name.
During Friday’s dedication ceremony, the students appeared pretty happy with the change of their school's name. (Source: NBC12)

Barack Obama Elementary School was one of seven names the School Board considered at its meeting Monday to rename the school, which is Richmond's only Confederate-named school.

Many - both school leaders and the public - have said in recent months that it's about time to make the change at the school, which is 95 percent African American.

“Students deserve the school to be named after someone they can relate to,” one woman said during a public meeting about the renaming.

John B. King Jr., the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education for President Barack Obama, was a special guest at Friday’s ceremony, joined by Mayor Levar Stoney and Superintendent Jason Kamras.

During the dedication ceremony, King Jr. began the event by reading to students and delivering the keynote speech.

Balloons outside the school were positioned to depict the former president's face.
Balloons outside the school were positioned to depict the former president's face. (Source: NBC12)

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