Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "'Crack in The Wall'"

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Article "'Crack in The Wall'"

Description

This article in The Collegian analyzes a lecture given by a Dr. A. T. Harris, a Black professor at Virginia State University. The article focuses on part of Harris's speech, in which Harris suggested that Black students "would not feel the need for protesting through sit-down demonstrations if they could see a crack in the wall" of segregation. The article compares between the maintenance of segregation to the Dutch folktale of the boy who kept his finger in a hole in a large dam until it could be repaired, saving his home from a devastating flood. The article of the author points out that while the Dutch boy had a legitimate fear of flood, there is no reasonable fear in the destruction of the wall of segregation. The article states, "The Southern Negro faces a different situation a wall based on fear and fortified by people who have not bothered to investigate for themselves what is on the other side of it," and insists that "a crack must come," starting with cooperation and integration of white college students with Black college students.

Source

"'Crack in The Wall'." The Richmond Collegian XLVII, no. 26, (April 15, 1960): 2. http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19600415.2.8&srpos=6&e=--1946---1971--en-20--1--txt-txIN

Publisher

The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1960-04-15

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English

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Coverage

Richmond (Va).

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“Article "'Crack in The Wall'",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed December 13, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/382.