Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Letter from James V. Larkin to George M. Modlin

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Title

Letter from James V. Larkin to George M. Modlin

Description

This document is a letter from James V. Larkin, Director of Bands at the University of Richmond, to George M. Modlin, the Chancellor and former President of the University of Richmond. Larkin wrote to Modlin because Modlin and his wife had given money to the University Band to travel abroad, but Larkin, along with several student officers, decided to cancel the trip. Larkin felt that it was not in the Band’s and university’s best interest to "undertake something of this magnitude without complete representation and confidence." In regards to the Band’s future, three questions kept coming up: "use of drum majorettes, carrying in the Confederate flag, and the playing of ‘Dixie.’" Though Larkin and Modlin agree on these issues, there was student pressure to address these matters, which had the potential to create controversy or lower student support, so Larkin considered consulting President Heilman.

Source

Letter from James V. Larkin to George M. Modlin, 20 July 1971, RG 6.2.4 Box 5 Folder 2, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Date

1971-07-20

Contributor

Modlin, George Matthews, 1903-1998

Language

English

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Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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Student Contributor

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Citation

Larkin, James V., “Letter from James V. Larkin to George M. Modlin,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 19, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1907.