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Robert E. Lee Elementary Renamed After Long Beach Activist with Ties to Cesar Chavez

In the wake of the deadly Charleston, South Carolina church shooting of black congregation members last year, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education created a committee tasked with recommending school names to replace that of Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The consensus? Renaming the school Olivia Nieto Herrera Elementary, after a Long Beach community activist who had close ties with civil rights activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez.