by Sam Hieb
At last night’s meeting, the Guilford County Board of Education entertained the possibility of renaming Aycock Middle School, named for Gov. Charles B. Aycock, known for being both the “education governor” and a white supremacist.
The board unanimously approved holding a forum so the public can weigh in on whether or not the name change should be made. But during the board’s discussion—according to the N&R—things got interesting. Board member Deena Hayes-Greene—who also serves as chair of Greensboro’s International Civil rights Center and Museum—and who also never misses a racial issue to exploit—said she had “mixed feelings” about renaming the school. Fellow board member Amos Quick– who will occupy the state House District 58 seat formerly held by the late Ralph Johnson and currently held by his one issue (re:LGBT rights) appointed replacement, Chris Sgro– is not quite as vocal on racial issues as Hayes-Greene, but he agreed that renaming Aycock would superficially address the issue of millenials’ misunderstanding of history. For example, Quick said, there are children today who believe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. freed slaves. (Emphasis mine.)
I’d think that would put any more talk about renaming Aycock to a halt right there and start another conversation about why kids who attend the public schools which the board oversees believe Martin Luther King freed slaves. And while we’re at it, I’d be curious to know what the college kids over at UNCG—which recently removed Aycock’s name from its historic auditorium, know about King’s role in history.