Letter from Leland J. Haworth to George M. Modlin

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Letter from Leland J. Haworth to George M. Modlin


In this “Important Notice,” from the National Science Foundation, Director Leland J. Haworth addressed Presidents of Colleges and Universities, Presidents of Professional Societies and Academies of Science, Heads of Institutes and other non-profit organizations. This letter was mailed to President Modlin. In this letter, Haworth discussed President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2, 1964. Title VI of the Act states that “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funding assistance” (Section 601). He then discussed Section 602 which calls for rules and regulations to carry out this new Act. Haworth goes on, saying that when the Foundation’s regulations are issued, grants and contracts are subject to review, under the new regulations, whether grantees or contractors are meeting the new requirements and are eligible to continue receiving federal assistance. He suggests that institutions may review their policies and practices to ensure they can provide assurance with the compliance of the new regulations. Haworth ends the letter by saying that he believes educational and research institutions will exercise leadership effectively in this step toward equal opportunity under the law, and that the Foundation is ready to discuss the application of the new regulations to programs of the Foundation with any institution.


Letter from Leland J. Haworth to President George M. Modlin, 06 July 1964, RG 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 2, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.









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Haworth, Leland J., “Letter from Leland J. Haworth to George M. Modlin,” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed June 15, 2024, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2266.