Demand The Long Beach, California Board of Education Remove the Name of Confederate General Robert E. Lee From Robert E. Lee Elementary School.
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Diana Craighead, President, Long Beach Board of Education 562-997-8240
Christopher Steinhouse, School Superintendent, Long Beach USD 562-997-8242
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia 562-570-6801
Can you believe that there's a school in one of the nation's most ethically diverse cities in California and the nation that is named after Robert E. Lee. It's Robert E. Lee elementary school in Long Beach, California.
The name of the most infamous Confederate general on a Southern California school who fought to uphold slavery, singlehandedly with his battlefield victories kept the Confederacy in play for four years, and strengthened treasonous secession is an outrage and an insult.
“The Charleston massacre and the national campaign to scrap Confederate and slavery related monuments and symbols and names makes it imperative that Long Beach school officials take immediate action to rename Lee Elementary school " says Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, " With this action school officials will send the strong message that Long Beach, California is truly dedicated to insuring that the names on its schools reflect those who are dedicated to and uphold the highest ideals of freedom, justice and civil rights for all."
Let Long Beach school officials and the world know that a public school that many children of color attend named after the man who is the nation's most prominent name and face for preserving slavery and treason will not be tolerated.
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