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UC Berkeley removed the names of 'racist' figures from two of its buildings

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The University of California, Berkeley is cutting ties with part of its past and renaming two buildings that are named for men with controversial and racist legacies.

(CNN)The University of California, Berkeley is cutting ties with part of its past and renaming two buildings that are named for men with controversial and racist legacies.

The names from LeConte Hall and Barrows Hall were removed Wednesday, according to a statement from university chancellor Carol Christ.

"The committee, in preparing its recommendation to rename these buildings adhered to a key principle: The legacy of a building's namesake should be in alignment with the values and mission of the university as expressed in our Principles of Community," Christ said.

The university is working on a process to rename the buildings, it said.

The other building was named after Barrows, who was the president of the University of California from 1919 to 1923 and a faculty member for three decades, the university said.

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