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Letter from David F. Cavers to T. Justin Moore

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Letter from David F. Cavers to T. Justin Moore


This document is a letter from David F. Cavers, the Chairman of the Special Committee on Racial Discrimination of the Association of American Law Schools, to T. Justin Moore, the Rector of the University of Richmond’s Board of Trustee, that was sent on February 4, 1955. In 1951, the Association amended its Articles of Association so that one of its objectives for member schools was to not discriminate on the basis of race. In 1954, the Association voted that "copies of the Special Committee’s Interim and Final Reports for 1954 be sent ‘to deans of member schools not in compliance with the Association’s anti-discrimination objective and to the administrations and governing boards of the universities and colleges with which those schools are connected," which were attached to this letter. Other schools in the Association were encouraged by the successful integration at other member schools, so Cavers believed that racial discrimination in law schools would end that year. Furthermore, to reinforce the non-discrimination objective, the Special Committee would hold a meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss discrimination. Cavers wrote that he hopes that the university will end racial discrimination and extended the Special Committee’s services.


Letter from David F. Cavers to T. Justin Moore, 4 February 1955, RG 6.2.4 box 22 folder 16, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.









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Cavers, David F., “Letter from David F. Cavers to T. Justin Moore,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed December 1, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1919.