Dave Chappelle’s High School to Name Theater After Him Amid Controversy

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s former high school, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., stated on Sunday it would move forward in naming a theater after him, according to The Hill.

”While we appreciate Dave’s impromptu and spirited fundraising initiative, we stand behind our decision to honor the wishes of our co-founder, the late Peggy Cooper Cafritz, to name the theatre after Chappelle,” the school said in a Nov. 28 statement.

”Although it appears that the clear majority of students at Ellington favor naming the theater for Dave Chappelle, we are seizing this moment to demonstrate the importance of carefully listening to every voice within our diverse and inclusive community,” the statement read.

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