University of Richmond Race & Racism Project

Letter from Lewis M. Latane to George M. Modlin

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Letter from Lewis M. Latane to George M. Modlin

Description

This letter was written by Richmond College alum, Mr. Lewis Latane, to President George Modlin on April 09, 1964, to inquire about the University and its integration policies. He began the letter by expressing his approval of the University College and Junior College programs. However, he goes on to say that the purpose of his letter is to offer some thoughts on integrating the University by first noting that President Lyndon B. Johnson had called upon Southern Baptists to act how their faith would call them to behave. Latane explained how Virginius Dabney, the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, at the time, wrote a report about the "harmonious racial relations in Richmond." Therefore, Latane believed the University opening all its services to all citizens would aid in this harmony. He concluded this letter by noting that Richmond's black youth deserve but don't have access to the types of educations that the University College and Junior College provide, regardless of the local historically black college and university, Virginia Union University.

Source

Letter from Mr. Lewis M. Latane to George M. Modlin, 09 April 1964, RG 6.2.4.3 Box 12, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Date

1964-04-09

Language

English

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Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Citation

Latane, Lewis M., “Letter from Lewis M. Latane to George M. Modlin,” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed February 6, 2023, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1852.