Transcript for School changes Confederate name to honor local black heroes
We're back now with the Virginia school named for a confederate general now getting a new identity named for those in the black community who have made a difference. My name is Monique Braxton and I live in Philadelphia. But I actually grew up in northern Virginia. My family is in the news because a middle school in northern Virginia that had been called stonewall middle. Is now going to be named in honor of my parents as well as about 35 nationalities of students who attend this school. So the school will be called unity Braxton. My mom was celestine Scott Braxton, she taught in the school system for 33 years before retiring. She was among the first wave of African-American teachers hired to integrate the schools in northern Virginia. My dad was one of the country's first black Marines. He signed up for the marine Corps right out of high school, trained at a segregated camp. When I got word that the superintendent had mandated a name change then we began campaigning, my friends, my family friends, initially my dad said it's not going to happen. No way. Then he said, well, let's put your mom's name on it. She's the one who taught at that middle school and then my son, who's 19, he said, no, let's have it named after both of you, and then the superintendent said, let's just combine this melting pot in this community and name it unity Braxton. That means an awful lot that youngsters growing up after us will see their name. First, who is Braxton? Then I hope during that education, they will find out who the braxtons were and how we grew up in manassas, worked in manassas during segregation. I'd like the students to know this represents this community. You can do the same thing. You can join the military. You can become a teacher and as my dad always says, get an education, support yourself. You can do that. It's an achievable goal. This is a movement that we were hoping all through my life that would happen. I just think that right now, the calls for equality are not falling on deaf ears. That's my hope. Wow, what a beautiful family. Thank you to the braxtons for Up next on "What you need to
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