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A Petition Campaign To Name A Building After Harper Lee On The University Of Alabama Campus Is Picking Up Steam
An online petition campaign geared towards pressuring the University of Alabama to rename a well-known campus building after Harper Lee is gaining traction.
The campaign, which was launched just hours after Lee’s death wants the flagship university of the state to rename Morgan Hall to Lee Hall and has already picked up over a few hundred signatures.
Morgan Hall was named after John Tyler Morgan, a Confederate general and statesman who had ties to the KKK after the Civil War.
Alabama student Jessica Hauger launched the petition on Change.org.
She thinks that the name change would be a huge sign of progress at Alabama.
“Upon the death of Harper Lee, who attended the University of Alabama from 1945-1949, the University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all,” Hauger wrote on the website. “Lee was doubtless the University’s greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of the University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.”
Lee is best known as the author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, a 1960 fictional work that inspired generations of children and anti-racism activists. She was born and raised in Alabama and attended UA.
“I decided to post something today because it was always kind of a no-brainer to me that Morgan Hall, the English building, should be named after Harper Lee, one of the most famous people to attend UA and easily the greatest writer to do so,” Hauger said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
Hauger said that she believed that “To Kill A Mockingbird” is easily one of the most beautiful books she’s ever read, and that it’s “holistically honest” about people and race.
“It makes clear the ambiguity of people, that no one is all bad or all good,” Hauger said. “I think her tone is perfect for what the University should be doing right now – accepting our history of discrimination and recognizing that acceptance as an important step to improving upon our community and campus.”
The idea of changing the name of a campus building long associated with a racist and which also houses the English department could be especially poignant considering Lee’s position as a voice for reform in the New South.
“Harper Lee is an almost universally loved figure, and her name next to that of John Tyler Morgan makes the right answer seem so clear,” Hauger said. “She is a unifying figure, and one that the south, Alabama, and the University can be proud of. I think placing her name on Morgan Hall would make a statement that we are moving toward the values and goals that Lee expressed in her work and life.”
You can sign the petition here.
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By Courtney Anderson
Super Tuesday Part Five seemed to be a sure-fire victory for Hillary Clinton and a perfect time for a concession from Bernie Sanders. And yet, that last part didn’t happen.
Clinton had secured the amount of delegates necessary to grab hold of the Democratic nomination, while Sanders trailed behind by at least 835 delegates.
Reports of a “secret” phone call between Sanders and President Obama leaked, as well as reports of President Obama’s plans to endorse Clinton.
#ImWithHer trended on Twitter for most of the day and well into the night. #ThankYouBernie trended after midnight, a sign of many Sanders supporters accepting that their candidate did not win, but ultimately changed the political landscape, pulling younger and more liberal voters and sparking his own version of a political “revolution.”
And then there was the POLITICO article detailing the organization—or lack thereof—of the Sanders campaign, with aides discussing the tension between themselves and their candidate. According to them, Sanders was “driving this train.”
They had to be careful around him and, to an extent, careful of him.
So, when he stepped onto the stage on what was the early morning hours of June 8, 2016, many expected him to finally concede.
He walked on stage and discussed a phone call with Clinton. He said he congratulated her, and the audience booed the statement. The audience is fiercely supportive of Sanders, holding on to the election and the possibility of Sanders victory tightly. Maybe even more tightly than Sanders.
The audience with Sanders, online and the newsrooms of CNN and MSNBC expected the speech to go one way. And then, it took a drastic turn.
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Sanders announced that he was not conceding. In fact, he was “taking our fight for social, economic justice to Philadelphia.” The audience surrounding Sanders roared. The audience online expressed confusion.
It had seemed so obvious.
Nearly 900 delegates behind. The opponent having more than 100 more delegates than necessary to win the nomination and the expected support of the standing president. All the signs point to concession.
But Sanders is not following those signs. Sanders is riding this train until the wheels fall off and crash against the tracks.
His supporters may call it heroic, brave, and say that it shows a dedication to the political revolution Sanders has worked so hard to craft.
Still others may call it pathetic.
Either way, it is clear that Sanders doesn’t know what it means to quit or when he should quit. His focus on being the nominee has made any other path unclear. There are methods Sanders could employ do to stay involved that do not require being the nominee. But he is not taking those methods.
Sanders is pushing himself to a meeting with the president and a rally. He is pushing himself to Washington, D.C. and to Philadelphia. And, though he didn’t vocalize it right then, he is pushing himself to believe that the super delegates will change their minds now that he has won Montana.
Maybe Sanders should just stop pushing.
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