Letter to FSU President Doak Campbell in Opposition to his Decision to Expel John Boardman, 1957

Letter to FSU President Doak Campbell in Opposition to his Decision to Expel John Boardman, 1957

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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

Source

State Archives of Florida: Series 1360, Box 20, Folder 41

Description

"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.

Date

January 29, 1957

Format

Correspondence

Coverage

Civil Rights Movement in Florida (1954-1975)

General Note

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.