Iowa's Jefferson Jackson dinner is ending -- in name only.
After this year's event, the Iowa Democratic Party will change the name of the annual fundraiser in response to Democratic leaders' and activists' concerns that the name honored former slaveholders, the party announced Saturday.
"This was not a decision that was made lightly," Andy McGuire, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, said in a statement. "The vote today confirms that our party believes it is important to change the name of the dinner to align with the values of our modern day Democratic Party: inclusiveness, diversity and equality."
The Democratic Party's State Central Committee voted on Saturday in favor of changing the name. The process to choose a new name will be as "inclusive as possible," McGuire added.