The bad news:
There is a public high school in Jacksonville, Florida named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate general who was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The then all-white school was given that name in 1959 as a protest against the federal requirement that public schools integrate.
The worse news:
When parents at the now-integrated (and half black) school asked the school board to change the school's name in 2007, the board voted 5-2 to keep the name.
The good news:
Parents are leading a new movement to change the school name. 75,000 have signed their petition. And all five pro-Grand Wizard members of the school board have been replaced.
The movement to end anti-black racism in this country will be long and slow, and still has decades to go. But we make progress by little steps, like changing a school name.