Former classmates Julianne Moore and producer Bruce Cohen have started a petition together on Change.org to rename their high school that bears the name of a confederate general.

Julianne and Bruce, along with many other students and alumni from the Virginia school, want the school to honor Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. In just a few weeks, more than 28,000 people have signed on to the petition.

Julianne and Bruce say in their petition: “When we were at J.E.B. Stuart in the late ’70’s, the school symbol was Stuart riding a horse and waving the Confederate flag. The Confederate flag was at the center of our basketball court and on our athletic letter jackets and wasn’t removed until 2001… No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives.”

Recently, Russell Simmons and the local NAACP chapter tweeted their support for the name change. Check out live signature totals and comments on their petition here.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest news

Sheila E. Helps Put Music Back in Schools at Education Through Music-LA Gala

Sheila E. Helps Put Music Back in Schools at Education Through Music-LA Gala Dec 14, 2018

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Education Through Music-Los Angeles hosted its 13th Annual Benefit Gala at The Novo-Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles to raise funds for music instruction in disadvantaged LA County schools. More
More news