UPDATE: Johnson Alumni Will Hold Protest March Saturday
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Members of the Johnson High School Alumni Association are planning a community protest march Saturday over a plan to change the high school name once a new school is built.
During a media briefing in front of the Annie Merts Center, Monday the group vowed to keep pressure on the Huntsville School District. Local representatives including Laura Hall and Huntsville City Councilman Richard Showers were in attendance.
Members are upset over Huntsville City Schools’ plan to change to not carry over the Johnson name to the city’s new high school being built-in north Huntsville.
The new campus, on Pulaski Pike, would also include a junior high school.
The school board is considering naming the schools after Mae Carol Jemison, a Decatur native and former astronaut who was the first black woman in space, and Ronald McNair, the second African-American in space and one of the seven astronauts killed aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.
The group has also started an online petition to keep the Johnson name.
Read more about the group’s efforts in past WHNT reports.