“The decision came after a vote of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees on Thursday.”
I will now once again point out that Yale is not changing its name, even though Elihu Yale was actively involved in the slave trade. Why should any other school do this?
WKYC News reports:
Cleveland State University changing name of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, named for former chief justice who owned slaves
Cleveland State University has announced that it has removed the name Cleveland-Marshall from its College of Law. Going forward, the college will be known as the CSU College of Law.
The decision came after a vote of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees on Thursday.
The College of Law had been named in part after former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, who owned slaves.
“While Chief Justice John Marshall’s contributions to American jurisprudence are significant and will continue to be an important part of our curriculum, his ownership of slaves and his beliefs and actions relating to slavery are contrary to the values of our University and a disservice to our community,” Cleveland State University President Dr. Laura Bloomberg wrote in a letter to the campus community.
As the nation was swept up in the calls for racial justice amid the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, a petition calling for the removal of Marshall’s name was sent to both the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at CSU, as well as at the John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law responded by forming a committee of faculty, staff, students, and alumni to begin the process of reviewing whether the name ‘Marshall’ should be removed. That committee, chaired by Lee Fisher, the Dean of the College of Law, forwarded a comprehensive report on the matter to an ad hoc committee which unanimously recommended the removal of Marshall. Bloomberg then forwarded the committee’s recommendation and her endorsement of it to the Board of Trustees.
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