- A USA TODAY analysis found that more than 80 schools across the United States dropped racist namesakes following the murder of George Floyd.
- In many cases, schools have been renamed after people of color, from civil rights icons to local educators.
- Many name change efforts have faced a lot of backlash from the public.
It wasn’t until her freshman year that Ashley Sanchez-Viafara learned the truth behind her high school’s racist namesake.
Thomas Chambliss Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., was named after a longtime district superintendent who served during the civil rights era — and did everything he could to preserve segregation.