WATCH: NAACP President Wants Name Change at Another San Angelo School
SAN ANGELO, TX – The President of San Angelo's NAACP Chapter is calling for the name change of John H. Reagan Elementary.
Robert E Lee Middle school was once again brought up in the July 20 SAISD board meeting by the means of public comment. As previously reported since June a number of members of the community are calling for the name of the confederate generals name on the San Angelo middle school name. Here is our featured video piece on the issue.
Also in the meeting President of the NAACP unit 6219 of San Angelo Sherley Spears asked the board to consider changing the name of Reagan Elementary.
"On behalf of the members of the San Angelo NAACP this statement is to advise the board and those present that we are in support of the petition to change the name of Robert E. Lee middle school made by Mr. Jessie Ramon and are asking for consideration to change the name of Reagan Elementary." read Spears from a written statement made by the organization.
The complaint is that both of the schools are named after members of the confederacy. In regards to Reagan, Spears claims his position against America are unworthy of such honor and continue to promote divisiveness, exclusiveness, discrimination, and racism.
Reagan Elementary is named after John Henningen Reagan. Reagan served as the Postmaster General for Jefferson Davis during the Confederacy. Prior to him leaving the union Reagan was a Texas democrat in the House of Representatives. Following the civil war Reagan served as the Texas Railroad Commissioners.
In Austin, Reagan High School was renamed to Ronald Reagan High School. Reagan County is also named after John Henningen Reagan.
Reagan Elementary was named after John Reagan in 1909. It is the oldest elementary school in San Angelo at 111 years old.
Spears assures that if the SAISD decides to move forward with the name change that the NAACP is prepared recommend new names.