Baton Rouge, La. (June 17, 2020) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced its Board of Directors’ decision to support the process of renaming Lee High School.
“Renaming this school is the right thing to do,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “Inclusive communities start with inclusive schools, in which every student is welcomed to an environment conducive to learning. A school named in honor of a historical figure whose actions sought to preserve and perpetuate subjugation of Black Americans has no place in an inclusive community. We stand in favor of righting this historical wrong and urge the EBR School Board to take action on this issue.”
BRAC will sign the petition encouraging the East Baton Rouge School Board to start the system’s process to rename the facility, according to existing policy.
About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,400 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at brac.org.