Georgia elementary school to be renamed for Michelle Obama

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Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama reacts as she listens to female students at Can Giuoc high school in Long An province, Vietnam on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Mrs. Obama is on a visit to Vietnam to promote education for adolescent girls. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school board will seek permission to rename an elementary school for former first lady Michelle Obama.

News outlets report the Clayton County Board of Education voted 7-2 Monday to rename South Clayton Elementary School to Michelle Obama STEM Elementary School.

Obama was selected over former U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

Two dissenting board members voted in favor of naming the school in honor of Lewis.

The board’s chairwoman said the district must now reach an agreement with Obama.

If she declines, leaders will seek permission to name the school after Lewis.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Obama’s great-great-great-grandmother was enslaved on a farm in northeastern Clayton.

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