By ADA MONTGOMERY & BRYN MCCARTHY, WABE
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, joined some Atlanta students Tuesday for the first day of school – at a school now named after him.
Harper-Archer Middle School in northwest Atlanta is now officially John Lewis Invictus Academy.
“Well, it’s very moving. I never had any idea, any dream that one day a school would be named after me,” Lewis said.
This isn’t the first metro Atlanta school to be named after the veteran civil-rights activist. John Robert Lewis Elementary School opened in Brookhaven last year.
Atlanta school leaders, and Lewis, hope that this new name will bring about positive change.
“I think this school will use me as an example as someone who grew up very, very poor attending a one-room school and, in spite of it all, received an education,” Lewis said.
The school will only house sixth-graders this year, but it will add seventh-grade classes next year and eighth-grade classes the year after that.
This story was provided by WABE.