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1971 Commencement Speaker at William and Mary

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dc.contributor.author Bloom, Lois
dc.contributor.author College of William and Mary. Lemon Project
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-16T12:42:51Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-16T12:42:51Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Lemon Project Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10288/21126
dc.description.abstract Research and report by Lois Bloom on 1971 Commencement Speaker at William and Mary Summary of Relevant Articles in The Flat Hat, 10/2/1970-5/14/1971 (With Citations and Excerpts) en_US
dc.description.abstract A Black Commencement Speaker? Not Yet Lois Bloom, Ph.D. The senior class of 1971 sponsored a referendum to determine their preferences for recommending a commencement speaker to the administration. Mayor Charles Evers of Fayette, Mississippi was second on the final list of speakers they proposed. After the students’ first choice declined, the administration suggested that inviting Mr. Evers “might not be appropriate.” College president Davis Y. Paschall instead invited four others to speak, by-passing Mr. Evers, all of whom declined, and he continued to search for a graduation speaker whom he considered would appeal “to all segments of the college community.” When a local member of the state legislature was finally announced as the 1971 speaker, Mr. Evers accepted an invitation from the graduating seniors to speak at a separate assembly on the day of Commencement. In accepting their invitation he suggested that they “take this experience as an object lesson of what racism has done in our country, and . . . attempt in your future lives to help get rid of discrimination in all its forms.”
dc.format.extent 7 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh African Americans--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh African Americans--History--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh College of William and Mary--History--18th century
dc.subject.lcsh College of William and Mary--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh College of William and Mary--History--20th century
dc.subject.other College of William and Mary. Lemon Project
dc.title 1971 Commencement Speaker at William and Mary en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type.genre Reports en_US
dc.date.digital 2013-10-14
dc.identifier.collectionId UA 82 en_US
dcterms.isPartOf Lemon Project Collection en_US

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