School Won’t Be Named After Obamas Following Protests

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Aschool in Waukegan, Illinois, will not be renamed after former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, following protests from members of the Latino community in the city. Thomas Jefferson Middle School will instead be named after John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement and Democratic congressman who died in July 2020. Local opposition to the proposal to honor the Obamas centered on the former president’s deportation policies and the fact that his administration deported more people than his successor Donald Trump.

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