JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new school in New Jersey will be named for the late poet Maya Angelou.
The Jersey City school board voted Thursday to name the $54.6 million school building for the celebrated writer and civil rights activist.
Angelou died in 2014 at age 86.
The Jersey Journal reports (http://bit.ly/28IKLcr ) Angelou was chosen over President Barack Obama and Fletcher Walker. Walker led a parent-teacher group that lobbied for the new building.
The school plans to host an annual spoken word assembly to honor Angelou. The new pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school is set to open in September.