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Michelle Obama Celebrates Princeton Removing Woodrow Wilson's Name

Michelle Obama Celebrates Princeton Removing Woodrow Wilson's Name

Former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday praised her alma mater, Princeton University, for dropping 28th President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school.

“Heartened to see my alma mater make this change, and even prouder of the students who’ve been advocating for this kind of change on campus for years,” Obama wrote on social media.

Princeton’s Board of Trustees recently voted to drop Wilson’s name from the university’s School of Public and International Affairs and residential college.

“We have taken this extraordinary step because we believe that Wilson’s racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school whose scholars, students, and alumni must be firmly committed to combatting the scourge of racism in all its forms,” Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said in a statement Saturday.

The school has been known as the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs since 1948, but it will now simply be called The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

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