Leave the name up. Teach the man's complete life/views.
Guess who this refers to: Raised in the South, he wrote of “a great Ku Klux Klan” that rose up to rid whites of “the intolerable burden of governments sustained by the votes of ignorant Negroes.”
President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson.
Did you know that about him?
How about this: "During Wilson’s tenure as president of Princeton, no blacks were admitted — “The whole temper and tradition of the place are such that no Negro has ever applied,” he wrote — though Harvard and Yale had admitted blacks decades earlier. Princeton admitted its first black student in the 1940s."
Pretty amazing, right?
Students at Princeton, an incredibly impressive university, lead by the Black Justice League, a student group, want to strike President Wilson's name from buildings, schools, etc. He is a grand presence at Princeton.
It is a little stunning that this lasted so long, that Princeton and its administrators were forced into having the discussion via student protests this month! There is no visible, dare I say, strong attempt to paint the full picture of the man.
So... Here's a thought. Leave the man, his murals, his statues, buildings, and rotating quotes on TV (not kidding) in the dining rooms in place. Add context that helps everyone understand the full man. Add plaques, add small handouts people can take with them after they visit his memorial, if they attend Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs give them a 30 min session on the full man.
That's it. Don't take away his murals, statues, buildings and rotating quotes on TV in the dining room. People at the other end of it are smart. Give them the full context. Let them see the good with the disappointing. Let them make up their own minds.
Both quotes above from this in-depth article: http://goo.gl/MtA1hQ
There is a lot more detail there. Please check it out.#weshallovercome #donthateonhistorylearnfromit #princeton #whatareyouteaching