Duval Public Schools: No more KKK High School
  • Petitioned Nikolai P. Vitti

This petition was delivered to:

Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools
Nikolai P. Vitti
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Constance S. Hall
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Paula D. Wright
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Ashley Smith Juarez
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Becki Couch
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Jason Fischer
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Cheryl Grymes
Board Member, Duval County Public Schools
Fred Lee

Duval Public Schools: No more KKK High School

    1. omotayo richmond
    2. Petition by

      omotayo richmond

      Jacksonville, FL

December 2013


After more than 160,000 people signed Ty Richmond's petition to remove the name of slave trader and KKK member from a Jacksonville, FL high school, the Duval County School Board voted unanimously in support of changing the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School.

I moved to Jacksonville from Long Island 12 years ago. Since then, I've put down roots here. I've helped raise a beautiful daughter here. This place is my home now, and the people who live here deserve better than a high school named for the first Grand Wizard of the KKK.

That's right, Jacksonville is home to Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, named in honor of a Confederate general who infamously slaughtered Black Union soldiers who'd already surrendered and who was a founding member of the original Ku Klux Klan. The school got its name in 1959, when white civic leaders wanted to protest a court decision that called for integrating public schools.

I don't want my daughter, or any student, going to a school named under those circumstances. This is a bad look for Florida -- with so much racial division in our state, renaming Forrest High would be a step toward healing.

Five years ago, the school board voted 5 - 2 to keep the name. But a lot has changed in five years. All five members who voted for Nathan Bedford Forrest have been replaced. There's a new school superintendent who publicly stated that he would support a push from our community to change the name. Now is the time to right a historical wrong. African American Jacksonville students shouldn't have to attend a high school named for someone who slaughtered and terrorized their ancestors one more school year.

In the end, I want my child to be able to go anywhere in Jacksonville and be proud of where she is. That can't happen with Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. Please support changing the name today.

Recent signatures



      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer
      Students starting fresh at newly named Westside High School

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's official what was formerly known as Nathan B. Forrest High School is now Westside High School. Students gathered for their orientation Friday after a summer full of renovations. Last year, the Duval County School Board voted unanimously to change the school's name after controversy over Forrest's connection to the KKK.

    2. Awesome !!!! we still Have work to do

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer
      Timeline proposed for Forrest High name survey, discussions

      Duval schools officials plan to survey several Forrest High stakeholder groups about renaming the school within the first half of December and possibly present those results to the School Board before the winter break.The plan also includes a public town hall meeting on Dec. 10 and a panel discussion for Forrest High students Dec.

    3. They Are Going To Vote On the 14 Of November !!!!!

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer
      Petition Seeks Change At High School Named For KKK Leader

      In Jacksonville, Fla., the debate continues about whether to change the name of a local high school named for a KKK member. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School takes its name from a former lieutenant general in the Confederate army who served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

    4. Still Fighting

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer

      Lots Of Positive Results Lets Share The Petition and Complete The Survey...a Change Gonna Come

    5. Residents Of Duval

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer

      Please Fill This Survey Out !!! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6F3BBXQ

    6. Reached 150,000 signatures
    7. Huge Meeting in @ Mandarin High School We Need Your Attendance !!

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer
      Duval School Board member Fischer to host meeting with Forrest name change as one topic

      Duval County School Board member Jason Fischer plans to host two town hall-style meetings where the topics will focus on the district's 2013-14 budget and the possible name change of Nathan B. Forrest High School. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Mandarin High School.

    8. National News !!!

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer

      Usa today and the washington post picked up the story ...we hope to generate the funds for the school name change as well DCPS (duval county public school) system is hurting enough giving in a time of need and pain recovery is essential to healing http://www.gofundme.com/HateAintHeratige

    9. Reached 75,000 signatures
    10. Change is On the Horizon!

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer

      we started two Facebook groups one especially for Students and Alumni
      and a group of concerned Locals Who want change


    11. we need more LOCAL support !!!! finally made the news today!!

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer
      Petition grows to change school's name

      Nathan Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate army and he also served as the first Grand Wizard of the KKK, before distancing himself from the Klan. Some parents say it's all part of history, but an online petition calling for a name change is gaining popularity.

    12. 50,000 strong

      omotayo richmond
      Petition Organizer

      50,000 were are going to make this change this YEAR !!!! we have combined forces with some local grassroots organizations present this petition along with a completed survey with possible new names thant you ALL for sharing the desire for change

    13. Reached 50,000 signatures
    14. Reached 25 signatures



    Oct 03, 2013

    Please sign this petition 2 NOT name a Jacksonville FL HS after a grand wizard of the KKK! http://t.co/0EVjVakoBf When will it end? =/ xo RT


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Lombardinash JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      My lover taught there in the early 1960s. He was drummed out by the Johns Committee for "being" Gay.

    • Minister John D Henry GEORGETOWN, SC
      • 5 months ago

      hotep, its the right thing to do.

    • Rayleen Nunez BOSTON, MA
      • 8 months ago

      The KKK has no place in public schools anywhere!

      Rayleen Nunez, Boston MA

    • Jimmy Hyslop AMARILLO, TX
      • 9 months ago

      This was the right thing to do. I would never want my child to attend a school named after a murdering racist terrorist. what's next the : Osama bin Laden institute of flight & technology Manhattan campus?

    • Sean McKeever DAVIDSON, NC
      • 10 months ago

      Honoring the founder of the KKK and promoting racial justice are simply not compatible.


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