'Peaceful Postcard Party' will petition Robert E. Lee High School name change

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The movement to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School will continue Thursday morning.

Organizers of a grassroots, parent-led coalition have arranged a "Peaceful Postcard Party," scheduled to be held outside of the Tyler Independent School District Administration building tomorrow.

Students, alumni, parents and community members are invited to write a postcard to Board of Trustee members, expressing why they continue to push for a school name change.

Caroline Crawford, Taniyah Jones and Brandon Collins are all upcoming seniors at Robert E. Lee High School. They all plan to attend Thursday's postcard party.

"There is no perfect time for change… But, right now we're getting a new school. It is a fresh start… This is the perfect time," said Crawford.

Taniyah Jones said being a part of the change is important to her.

"Whether it is our intention or not, we are giving power to racism," said Jones.

The students shared what they plan to write on their postcards. Brandon Collins said he wants the Board of Trustees to understand what it is like to stand in his shoes as a minority attending the school.

"I will be giving them more details of who I am as a student and… a few things that I've gone through at Robert E. Lee," said Collins.

Anyone is invited to the "Peaceful Postcard Party", which will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 6.

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