students from the A & M College to a Christmas party on this campus, I fail to see any harm from this action that would justify Mr. Boardman's dismissal .It seems to me that he acted in the spirit of Christmas and in the interests of showing his fellow man a little kindness.
To me, sir, it appears that the University has violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the United States Constitution, and has given the concepts of "justice" and "right" a new hollow sound.
I just can not understand the University's action.
Yours very truly,
[Signature] Bradley Canon
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.