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.
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: Getty
Top 11 Political Moments Of 2015
1. Loretta Lynch Confirmed As U.S. Attorney GeneralSource:Getty 1 of 11
2. Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex MarriageSource:Getty 2 of 11
3. Confederate Flag Removed From South Carolina StatehouseSource:Thinkstock 3 of 11
4. Hillary Clinton Announces Second Presidential BidSource:Getty 4 of 11
5. President Barack Obama Defends Black Lives MatterSource:Getty 5 of 11
6. President Obama Visits PrisonSource:Getty 6 of 11
7. U.S. and Cuba Restore Diplomatic Relations.Source:Getty 7 of 11
8. DOJ Announces Probe Of Chicago PoliceSource:Getty 8 of 11
9. President Barack Obama Sings "Amazing Grace"Source:Getty 9 of 11
10. Vice President Joe Biden Almost Ran for PresidentSource:Getty 10 of 11
11. Bernie Sanders Sick of Clinton's EmailsSource:Getty 11 of 11
Student Petition To Rename University Of Alabama Building Honoring KKK Leader was originally published on newsone.com