Princeton University is removing Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges after trustees concluded that the 28th U.S. president’s "racist thinking and policies” made him "an inappropriate namesake.” The Ivy League school’s trustees made the decision Friday, according to a statement released on Saturday.
It comes at a time of widespread rethinking of America’s racial legacy. The Black Lives Matter movement, energized by a series of high-profile deaths of Black Americans, have resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments, flags, and symbols of racism across the U.S.
Deleting Wilson’s name at Princeton may be the most high-profile act to date. The policy school will now be known as "The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.”