Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Letter from Donnalee Rowe Steele to George M. Modlin

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Letter from Donnalee Rowe Steele to George M. Modlin

Description

Westhampton College Class of 1964 alum, Donnalee Steele, wrote President George M. Modlin on March 11, 1968, to share her thoughts about the integration of the University. She wanted to express her gratitude for the University "finally" providing equal opportunities for black students, and she thought that the University should continue to go in this direction. Furthermore, she claimed that since the University was founded upon Christian principles, it should be an example for people in the community. She believed that the University needed to take responsibility for the state of race relations and not integrating sooner. She also said that the reason why black applicants are always unqualified is that white people have continuously deprived them equal opportunities. She ended the letter by saying that she would be willing to support any program that would help make the university more equitable like scholarships for minorities.

Source

Letter from Donnalee Rowe Steele to George M. Modlin, 11 March 1968, RG 6.2.4.3 Box 12, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Date

1968-03-11

Language

English

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UA6.2.4.3.12-19680311.pdf

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Citation

Steele, Donnalee Rowe, “Letter from Donnalee Rowe Steele to George M. Modlin,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed August 7, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1855.