"Can W&L Help Halt Racial Tensions?"

Title

"Can W&L Help Halt Racial Tensions?"

Subject

Leslie D. Smith, Jr. was the first African American law student admitted to Washington and Lee University in 1966. In this open letter to the Ring-Tum Phi, he discusses how the university should react after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the problems of race relations at W&L.

Description

Smith states that although the university has made significant strides in advancing race relations, he believes the W&L administration could continue this progress. He acknowledges the importance of the school's rich confederate history but states the future success of the university depends on integration of African American students. Additionally, he urges both students and faculty to take action and embrace newly admitted African American students as a part of the overall W&L community.

Creator

Leslie D. Smith, Jr.

Source

The Ring-Tum Phi

Publisher

Washington and Lee University

Date

April 26, 1968

Contributor

Macy Foster

Format

PDF

Type

Newspaper

Files

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Citation

Leslie D. Smith, Jr., “"Can W&L Help Halt Racial Tensions?",” The American Century, accessed December 13, 2017, http://americancentury.omeka.wlu.edu/items/show/37.