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Detroit school board revives name change talk for Carson, East English Village

A stalled campaign to rename Benjamin Carson High School of Medicine and Science is moving forward again as school board members respond to complaints about its namesake’s connections to the Trump administration.

Carson is the Detroit neurosurgeon-turned-politician who endorsed candidate Donald Trump in 2016 after ending his own presidential campaign. He served as Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development from 2017 to 2021, during which his agency rolled back federal efforts to fight housing discrimination.

Board member Sherry Gay-Dagnogo said that she has “received so many requests” from community members about Ben Carson’s name based on “many of the disparaging remarks he made from the administration that he clings to.”…

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