WPR News
9:57 am
Tue May 25, 2004

Byrd Likely Will Not Be Chosen For School Name

Cheyenne, Wy – Members of Cheyenne's black community say they are disappointed the school board is leaning against naming a school for a longtime educator who was the only black member of the Wyoming Senate.
Liz Byrd taught in the district for 27 years. According to the
Reverend Clinton Lewis, Byrd almost single-handedly got the Martin
Luther King Day bill through the Legislature.
He says Byrd also made numerous contributions to education.
The school board has instead narrowed the possible names for the
planned elementary school near F-E Warren Air Force Base to
Freedom, New Frontier, Equality and Prairie. The board plans to
vote on the name on June third, the same day as the groundbreaking
ceremony for the school.