Over 1,500 people sign petition to prevent Atlanta high school from being renamed for Ida B. Wells

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Some petitioners prefer the school have a location-based name.

An Atlanta high school is struggling to find a new name but one suggestion has become controversial.

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The Atlanta public school board committee is considering renaming the Henry W. Grady High School after Ida B. Wells but not everyone is on board and they’ve created a petition to stop it, per AJC.com.

Wells was a Chicago-based pioneering journalist and activist who was a major part of anti-lynching efforts in the early 1900s and was a founder of the NAACP.

“She’s beyond reproach,” says Audrea Rease, whose daughter attends the middle school that students are drawn from to attend Grady. Rease is behind the petition to vote no on the renaming.

“You can’t think of one bad thing to say about her, but that doesn’t mean that her name is the right name for this school in this community at this time.”

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 The high school was founded in 1872 as Boys High. In 1947, it was renamed after Henry W. Grady, a white journalist who was the managing editor of The Atlanta Constitution and a white…


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