University of South Carolina considers removing Thurmond’s name

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Some of the more notable recent names in University of South Carolina athletics are asking the school to change the name of its showpiece fitness center, arguing that the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond shouldn’t be glorified in such a way due to the segregationist views he once held.

The Presidential Commission on University History on Friday took testimony pushing to rename the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center from standouts including Marcus Lattimore.

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The Black student athletes are also signatories to a memo asking the university to remove from its campuses “the names of Confederate supporters, racists, misogynists, and those who outright advocated for the subjugation of any person’s life.”