Washington, District of Columbia 2021-06-12 19:52:50 –
Seniors at TC Williams High School said their final farewell at Saturday’s graduation ceremony. He also spoke to the name of the school for a long time to help change.
Last year, mainly student-led efforts gained momentum and became official in a November vote of the school board.
“Thomas Chambers Williams High School will officially become Alexandria Municipal High School,” the graduation speaker said on the podium in front of the crowd.
A certified separatist, Williams oversaw the county’s public schools from the 1930s to the early 1960s.
He waited five years to comply with the integration order and fired a system employee to join the NAACP.
“If the man turns out to be basically a supporter of racism, that is, he doesn’t represent the school,” said one father.
Decades later, the community considered it the origin of the school’s name.
“Hate our school name and change it from a name for racism and prejudice to a name for unity, diversity and inclusion is a perfect reflection of who you are as a class.” School director Dr. Gregory Hutchins said.
Graduation also marked the end of the school year with no shortage of adversity for students, staff and parents.
“All seniors have put in a lot of work to do a lot to make the name change happen. It’s a good time to do it again at the end together. “Lorraine Johnson, a graduated senior, said.
However, some former Titans, who are now Titan’s parents, are not completely warmed up to change. In the spirit and memories of high school, they are given the old name.
“My son isn’t very happy with it. He likes it as it is. I too,” said one mother.
Others called the change “bittersweet.”
Later this month, the school name on the signboard will be changed and a formal ceremony will be held.
Now the class is pleased to leave its mark on Alexandria.
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