Florida State U.
January 27, 1957
Dr. Doak S. Campbell
Florida State University
I find that I can not understand the university's action of yesterday barring Mr. John Boardman from registering for the next semester. It has saddened me deeply for I am proud of my university and my home state of Florida. I feel that yesterday was a sad day for the University and for the goals which a university seeks to attain.
Ever since I have been old enough to remember, I have been taught what a wonderful country America is, and how our Constitution guards those liberties which our [forefathers] died to win and which many students in this university give over two years of their life to preserve. In church I have been taught that all men are children of God and that all men are equally important in His sight. What hypocrisy! it seems that I had to come to Florida State University to learn the truth. Here I'm told, "We don't really believe in freedom of speech or freedom of assembly. That's just something we tell the outside world. You play the game our way or we won't deal with you." This is the result of all my education.
As to Mr. Boardman's inviting three [foreign]
State Archives of Florida: Series 1360, Box 20, Folder 41
Letter from Bradley Canon to FSU President Doak Campbell regarding the president's decision to expel student John Boardman.
January 27, 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.