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 ObamaObamas describe meeting Prince Philip in statement mourning his death Overnight Defense: Trump-era land mine policy unchanged amid review | Biden spending outline coming Friday | First lady sets priorities for relaunched military families initiative Jill Biden unveils next phase of military families program 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 face mounting hurdles to agenda Democrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules Lobbying world 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.