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

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

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FISK UNIVERSITY
NASHVILLE 8, TENNESSEE

NEWS BUREAU

February 5, 1957

Dr. Doak S. Campbell, President
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Dear Sir:
I feel an obligation to make known to you my indignation over the shocking action taken at your institution against John Boardman. Education has indeed reached the nadir when a student is forced to withdraw from a university from exercising his right to express his opinions and to associate with whom he pleases. I sincerely hope this undemocratic effort to regiment the thinking of your students will receive the widespread condemnation it deserves.

Yours very truly,
[Signature] [?] Backus
Victor G. Backus
Director, News Bureau

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Source

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

Description

Letter from Victor G. Backus, director of the news bureau at Fisk University, to FSU President Doak Campbell expressing his opinion regarding the president's decision to expel student John Boardman.

Date

February 5, 1957

Creator

Backus, Victor G.

Contributors

Fisk University

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.