Long Beach and San Diego are the only two cities in the state with public schools that honor Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. But in Long Beach, it’s time for change.
In response to the Charleston murder of nine black church members and the following nationwide debate that led to removal of Confederate flags from government grounds in the South, local residents are rallying to make sure the school’s name is more reflective of the diversity of its students.
More than 140 residents attended LBUSD’s Board of Education meeting Monday, reaching capacity, to share possible name choices and ensure that the board’s move towards creating an ad-hoc committee to finally pick the name will be made up of diverse members.
In the video above, community members share their choices.