Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Letter to the Editor "Ruling Divides Opinion: The Racial Question"

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Letter to the Editor "Ruling Divides Opinion: The Racial Question"

Description

A letter to the editor of the Collegian signed by 250 students on campus in response to Eva Wong's disciplining following the Westhampton College Song Contest. Wong, invited a friend from Union Theological Seminary, who was a black student originally from the Congo, to the Song Contest. Wong was advised to get permission from university officials, which she was denied by the President. University President George Modlin referred to the university policy that wanted to keep "conditions similar to those in students' homes and churches...." Wong ignored this decision, and brought her friend anyway, resulting in her being placed on disciplinary probation. There was debate about whether this constituted actual racial discrimination. The University's official stance was to discipline Wong for defying university policy. The signed a letter in response stated that it was un-Christian of the university to ban a black student, especially an "intelligent and well-mannered student of the Christian ministry," from attending events on the campus. The letter also states "We know of no other way to classify such action but race discrimination."

Source

"Ruling Divides Opinion: The Racial Question." The Richmond Collegian L, no. 23 (March 29, 1963): 2. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL19630329.2.13&e=------196-en-20--21---txIN-------

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1963-03-29

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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“Letter to the Editor "Ruling Divides Opinion: The Racial Question",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 18, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/320.