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Late Hank Aaron May Replace KKK Leader’s Name On Atlanta School
Late baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is among four names being considered to replace a Ku Klux Klan member’s name on an Atlanta high school.
A school board committee narrowed a list of recommended name changes for Forrest Hill Academy on Wednesday and included two tributes to the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves right fielder, including Hank Aaron Center of Learning and Growth and Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy. Aaron died last week at the age of 86.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the naming committee will meet Feb. 25 to choose a recommendation. APS policy states that schools can only be named for individuals “after they have been deceased for five years.” The AJC reports, "that restriction can be waived with a unanimous vote of the school board."
Forrest Hill Academy is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader.