The United States Law Week

NAACP Sues Virginia County Over Confederate School Names

Aug. 16, 2019, 7:05 PM

A Virginia county’s continued use of confederate names on two of its schools violates the constitutional rights of black students, the NAACP told a federal court Aug. 16.

The suit seeks an order requiring Hanover County, Va., to rename Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

The complaint alleges that maintaining the names violates the First Amendment by compelling speech.

Requiring students to wear uniforms and other apparel bearing the schools’ names, and requiring students to play sports in front of scoreboards bearing the team names of the “Confederates,” and the “Rebels,” respectively, compels students to express views with...

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