New Jersey school to be named for poet Maya Angelou

In this May 20, 2010, file photo, author Maya Angelou socializes during a garden party at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
In this May 20, 2010, file photo, author Maya Angelou socializes during a garden party at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new school in New Jersey will be named for the late poet Maya Angelou.
The Jersey City school board voted last Thursday to name the $54.6 million school building for the celebrated writer and civil rights activist.
Angelou died in 2014 at age 86.
The Jersey Journal reports (https://bit.ly/28IKLcr ) Angelou was chosen over President Barack Obama and Fletcher Walker. Walker led a parent-teacher group that lobbied for the new building.
The school plans to host an annual spoken word assembly to honor Angelou. The new pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school is set to open in September.
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Information from: The Jersey Journal , https://www.nj.com/jjournal

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