Hank Aaron Could Replace Confederate General and KKK Member’s Name on Atlanta School

Four proposed names, including two that would pay tribute to Hank Aaron, are in the running to replace Forrest Hill Academy.

The name of the alternative school in southwest Atlanta currently references Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a Confederate general and active in the Ku Klux Klan.

On Wednesday, an Atlanta school board committee tasked with recommending a new name for the academy narrowed the list of contenders to four. They are: Hank Aaron Center of Learning and Growth, Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy, Barbara Whitaker Center for Excellence and Hammond Park Academy.

Aaron, the Hall of Fame Atlanta Braves baseball player who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, died last week at the age of 86.

Whitaker, a graduate of Spelman College, served as the district’s assistant superintendent. She died last year.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Vanessa McCray

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