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Ga. board seeks to name school for Michelle Obama

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day...
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day of the Girl on NBC's "Today" show in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) (WILX)
Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 7:08 AM EDT
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JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school board will seek permission to rename an elementary school for former first lady Michelle Obama.

News outlets report the Clayton County Board of Education voted 7-2 Monday to rename South Clayton Elementary School to Michelle Obama STEM Elementary School.

Obama was selected over late Congressman John Lewis.

Two dissenting board members voted in favor of naming the school in honor of Lewis.

The board’s chairwoman said the district must now reach an agreement with Obama. If she declines, leaders will seek permission to name the school after Lewis.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Obama’s great-great-great-grandmother was enslaved on a farm in northeastern Clayton.

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