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The University of Alabama is the latest flash point in the national debate about renaming buildings and removing monuments on campuses that honor racist figures.

Morgan Hall, located on the university’s Tuscaloosa campus, honors Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader John Tyler Morgan. The university recognizes this former U.S. senator’s major contributions to rebuilding the school following the Civil War.

But an online petition says it’s time to break with the past. Many students want to rename Morgan Hall in honor of the author Harper Lee, the Washington Post reports.

White student Jessica Hauger started the petition. She makes the case for renaming the building that houses the English Department:

“…the University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all. [Harper] Lee was doubtless the University’s greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of the University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.”

The petition garnered more than 2,300 digital signatures in just a few days after Hauger posted it online.

“I thought it would get some backlash,” she told the Post. “But people started signing way more quickly than I imagined they would.”

The history major added that the positive response surprised her.

SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: AP

 

Petition Seeks To Rename University Of Alabama Building Honoring KKK Leader was originally published on newsone.com

5 thoughts on “Petition Seeks To Rename University Of Alabama Building Honoring KKK Leader

  1. Arthur Childress on said:

    I’m kind of surprised to learn there are no buildings, lecture halls or scholarship foundations named for Harper Lee. But then again, her book was not that popular in the racist, dirty south.

  2. If we’re going to remove the Confederate flag from display and buildings named after John Tyler Morgan, what about the more than 50 public buildings, bridges, roads, dams, and highways named after Robert Byrd? He was a Democrat who served as a U.S. Representative from 1953-1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959-2010. Before his career in politics, Byrd created a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in West Virginia. Byrd became a KKK recruiter and was elected the top officer (Exalted Cyclops). He once said: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

    What do you think Linda?

  3. It also surprises me that folks are willing to sign the petition to re-name the University after a positive individual rather than some Klanman.

    Maybe some are willing to let go of their ugly Heritage–that dam confederate flag and the KKK!!!!!!

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