Dr. Doak S. Campbell
President of Florida State University
On numerous occasions I have enjoyed listening to your interesting speeches especially those relating to the purpose of a university. There is very little that I could try to add to what you have said in the past. I realize that there is tremendous pressure exerted by many for different path of action but I am at a loss at your action.
A university is not just a place of study but a place where people can try to contribute something to [mankind] and express themselves. We are [supposedly] living in a democracy whether a democracy is right or wrong since we claim to be democratic lets be democratic. We are losing many of our freedoms in trying to do what we think is right. We must not [lose] freedom of speech or freedom of [assemblage] or we might give in to what the reds now. You may try to rationalize but this John Boardman case is not based upon what he did but rather what he said.
AN UNHAPPY STUDENT
State Archives of Florida: Series 1360, Box 20, Folder 41
"An Unhappy Student" wrote a letter to FSU President Doak Campbell that expresses opposition to the president's decision to expel FSU student John Boardman.
January 29, 1957
In December 1956, John Boardman, a white PhD student Florida State University, invited three black international Florida A&M University students to an FSU International Students Club Christmas party on the FSU campus. As a result, Boardman was not allowed to re-enroll at FSU.