BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Thursday, the East Baton Rouge school board will vote to keep or rename Lee High School, named after confederate general Robert E. Lee.
“It is something that has daunted our district, it has staggered us for quite some time.” Dadrius Lanus says.
Lanus is on the board. He says he’s confident his fellow board members will choose to rename the school. Unlike in 2016 when the board voted to keep it.
“The world is watching us right now and they’re paying attention to what’s taking place,” Lanus said. “I would hope all of our board members, when they vote tomorrow, they’re going to vote on the right side of history this time and and not the wrong side. In this moment in our country it is time that we completely remove all oppressive items from any institution, more specifically institution’s in education.”
Adam Knapp, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, says changing the name is the right thing to do.
“For this moment in time where our nation is and our community is, it’s an important step forward, perhaps too small but a symbolic step,” Knapp said.
Knapp says this change will be monumental for the city and help in more ways than one.
“The ability to find ways and find solutions to drive both education gains and economic gains will do a lot of things for our community and move us forward and better position, and I think it starts with an action like a name change,” Knapp said.
Anyone is allowed to share how they feel about the matter. Lanus says the board has an important decision to make. Lanus says that meeting kicks off at 5pm.