“The supremacy of the white race of the South must be maintained forever, and the domination of the negro race resisted at all points and at all hazards, because the white race is the superior race…”
–Henry W. Grady
“Rename Grady” was launched in June 2020 by alumni of The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The movement started with a guest column by 2020 alum Sam Jones in The Red & Black calling for the University of Georgia to strip the Grady namesake from the journalism school.
“If the school is going to position itself as a place that fights for the greater good and for the empowerment of unempowered voices, then the branding of the school with the name of a white supremacist is unacceptable.”
Soon after the column was published, a petition was launched by alums Amber Roessner and Kathryn Schiliro demanding that the University of Georgia change the name of the college in honor of Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a renowned journalist who integrated the University of Georgia in 1961 and graduated with a journalism degree in 1963. In just a few days, the petition was signed by more than 4,000 people.
A wide array of Grady alums in various fields and from various years joined Jones, Roessner and Schiliro to create the “Rename Grady” movement.
The #RenameGrady task force:
- Kimberly Davis (MA 2008)
- Joe Dennis (MA 2007, PhD 2016)
- Alyssa Gill (ABJ 2018)
- Sam Jones (MA 2020)
- Akyra Kelley (ABJ 2019)
- Amber Roessner (MA 2006, PhD 2010)
- Kathryn Schiliro (ABJ 2006)
- Mandi Woodruff (ABJ 2009)
The #RenameGrady task force meets weekly over Zoom on Monday afternoons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.