Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "Negro Professor Terms Sitdowns Effort for Freedom"

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Article "Negro Professor Terms Sitdowns Effort for Freedom"

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This article in the Collegian reported on sit-down demonstrations by students at Virginia State College in Petersburg. The demonstrations at the historically black college were meant to work towards "freedom of movement and action in a free society." Dr. Harris, chairman of the education division of Virginia State, visited the University of Richmond at the request of the sociology department. During his visit, Dr. Harris explained his thoughts on the demonstrations. He said, "In spite of the numerous shifts and changes in all other aspects of life in the South, racial patterns, for the most part, have remained fixed." Dr. Harris commented that there was much to justify the decisions of students to participate in sit-downs as racism is a "moral issue that is not detached from the constitution." The sit-downs did not have to be the only means of achieving freedom, but Dr. Harris believed that students would only be willing to demonstrate differently if they see a "crack in the wall" during these current demonstrations.

Source

"Negro Professor Terms Sitdowns Effort for Freedom: Sitdowns Show Discontent." The Richmond Collegian XLVII, no. 26, (April 15, 1960): 1,2. http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19600415.2.7&srpos=6&e=--1955---1971--en-20--1--txt-txIN

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1960-04-15

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Student Contributor

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“Article "Negro Professor Terms Sitdowns Effort for Freedom",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 19, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/303.