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Harding University won't rename building after Botham Jean

1 month 1 week 2 days ago Friday, October 23 2020 Oct 23, 2020 October 23, 2020 12:13 PM October 23, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

SEARCY, Ark. - Arkansas' largest private college says it won't change the name of a building that pays homage to a former school president who opposed integration. A petition from a graduate of Harding University had sought to rename the Beroge S. Benson Auditorium after Botham Jean. Jean was a Black man killed in his living room in 2018 by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own. Harding University President Bruce McLarty wrote a letter to the campus last week saying the name change won't happen. McLarty says he plans to honor Jean “prominently and permanently” on campus but hasn’t determined how.

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