Barack, Michelle Obama won't have Illinois School Named after Them, Activists Declare

Barack, Michelle Obama won't have Illinois School Named after Them, Activists Declare

- Former US president, Barack and his wife, Michelle would no longer have a school named after them after protests from pro-immigration activists

- The duo were chosen as a name replacement for one of two Illinois schools that were named problematically

- According to pro-immigration activists, Obama did not do enough to push deportations of immigrants in the US

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Barack and Michelle Obama were meant to be honoured by having a Chicago Illinois school renamed after them but this will no longer be happening after pro-immigration protesters contested the decision that was made by the Waukegan Board of Education.

The school that was formerly called Thomas Jefferson Middle School will now be named after Georgia Rep. John Lewis, an American civil rights legend that helped fight racial separation in the US in the 60s.

Barack, Michelle Obama Won't Have Illinois School Named After Them, activists Declare
The pro-immigration activists say that Obamas will not have a school named after them. Image: Patrick Semansky
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According to the pro-immigration activists, former US president Barack Obama did not do enough when it comes to deportations of illegal immigrants in the country. Many of them felt like he did a disservice to them because while he was in power the US had more deportations than with any other president.

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“I will not be part of renaming a school after someone who did not and does not represent the undocumented community,” one school board member said during the meeting, DailyWire reports.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the decision to rename the school came after locals in the area took issue with the name Thomas Jefferson because he was a slave owner.

It was gathered that a report said if everything else was taken away from him, Barack Obama would still consider his life an achievement because of his two babies Sasha and Malia Obama.

He praised Michelle for gifting him with two wonderful ladies who became his lifeline, his reason and his purpose.

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Obama thought his daughters have played an important role in shaping the man he has become over the years.

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The former president said:

""Michelle and Patti have also given us the single greatest gift of our lives: the chance to become fathers," Obama gushed.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Barack Obama opened up on how his Kenyan father's absence affected him as he transitioned from a child to a man.

It was reported that Obama, who met his father aged 10, said that the single visit greatly impacted his life.

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