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Integrating The College of William and Mary

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Author: Bloom, Lois; College of William and Mary. Lemon Project
Abstract: This report is an account of efforts made to integrate the College in the decade following the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a period of slow and halting progress. Two critical events in 1968 raised awareness of William and Mary as a segregated institution: the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the start of an investigation by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into discrimination at the College and efforts being made (or not) by the administration to comply with the Civil Rights Act. The HEW investigation eventually encompassed a lawsuit that reached the United States Supreme Court in 1971. Not until 1972, with changes at the top of the William and Mary administration, did the College begin to move toward embracing programs of affirmative action.Personal contact information for Lois Bloom has been redacted.
Issued Date: 2014-09-10
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/21125
Citation: Lemon Project Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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