Georgia county votes to name elementary school after Michelle Obama

Education officials in Clayton County, Ga., voted this week to name a local elementary school after former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Obama jokes that he's 'scared' of Michelle, Sasha Obamas' Higher Ground Productions working on Netflix sketch series with host of 'Adam Ruins Everything' MORE.

A spokesperson for the Clayton County Board of Education confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday that the body voted in favor of renaming the school, which had previously been called the South Clayton Elementary School, in a 7-2 vote earlier this week. 

The board is now reaching out to Obama for approval for the new name. If greenlighted by the former first lady, the school, which is in Jonesboro, will be named the Michelle Obama STEM Elementary School.


The school has recently been undergoing construction, which is set to last until next summer, according to local media.

The board had also considered naming the school after late civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Biden must look to executive action to fulfill vow to Black Americans The purposeful is political: Gen Z bowls over their doubters MORE (D-Ga.), whose former congressional district spanned part of Clayton County. The two members who voted against naming the school after Obama also cited their preferences to name the school after Lewis during the vote earlier this week.

“I’m a John Lewis girl,” one of the members could be seen saying during the board meeting before opposing the move Monday. 

"I love Michelle, but I have to go with John Lewis," the other member who voted against the move also said.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the former first lady has history linked to the local county. The local outlet reports that Obama’s great-great-great-grandmother had been enslaved on a farm in Clayton County.

The vote comes several months after a school district in California also voted to rename one of its elementary schools in honor of the former first lady back in February.