Naming Lexington’s new high school after abolitionist Frederick Douglass not only would solidify the Fayette school district’s commitment to honor the legacy of local African-American schools closed after segregation, but also would truly honor an American hero and educator who embodied the discipline, courage and vision that we should want to instill in future generations.
A former student of Lexington’s Douglass School, I make this request based on my fond memories and the historic significance of the name that graced the school until its closing.
We students at Douglass School were taught to always give our best in whatever endeavor we chose and to be unashamed of our past and always look forward to our future achievements.
This lesson is one that all students should embrace today, and walking through the doors of a school named for one of the greatest men to embody that spirit would be the best example of what students and future generations can accomplish no matter who they are.
It is my hope that the district will support the naming of the new school Frederick Douglass High School not only to remind us of this rich history, but also to provide inspiration to all students that an education is their right and liberty, and with an education they are capable of doing great things.
Stefania Middleton Greene