Lillie Burney Elementary backtracked quickly on the issue. Cotton Picking Day was replaced with Career Day.
Ray Coleman, a parent, brought the issue to the attention of the school after seeing it on his stepson's school calendar.
Coleman said he told School Superintendent Annie Wimbish it was inappropriate to name the event Cotton Picking Day and to invite students to dress as slaves or in overalls.As a commenter at the newspaper's site pointed out, both the superintendent and principal of the school are African-American. Therefore, we can chalk this up to a bad decision, and not thinking too clearly.
"I believe it's something that should be taught in history, but it shouldn't be relived," he said. "I think they should look at the positive aspects to show students what they can achieve."
"I'm glad they decided to do something else that will portray African-American history more positively."