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Resolved, That it is the sense of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College in
annual session, May 31, 1933, that there should be no dancing at Wake Forest or
elsewhere under the sponsorship or with the sanction of the College or in
connection with which the name of the College is in any manner used or displayed.
That we are unwilling for the Baptists of the State who are opposed to dancing to
be offended by dances given in the name of the College given here (Wake Forest) or
Two years later, undeterred by this declaration, some of the
students prepared a petition to the Trustees that dancing should be
authorized at the College, when the new gymnasium was nearing
completion which with its large polished floor would furnish an
excellent dance hall. Notice of this petition was published without
comment in Charity and Children a few weeks before the
commencement, when the Biblical Recorder, taking recognition of it,
had this to say:
The one question before the Board ought to be whether it will promote the
purposes for which the Baptists are supporting Wake Forest College. Will it turn out
our young men better trained to do the work of the churches, or will it interfere with
the purpose so to train them. Our own view, which we state plainly, is that
sanctioning dancing by a vote of the Trustees of the College would most seriously
impair the quality of training for religious work that our young men are expected to
receive at Wake Forest College. Our Baptist people do not want men, whether
preachers or laymen, to serve them who have been trained in an institution where
dancing is officially approved. They want to keep Wake Forest College true to its
purpose and to those ideals and practices that without question make for morality
and spiritual development. It is no time to introduce dancing at Wake Forest; the
effort should rather be to emphasize the higher life and the things of the spirit.
After the publication of the above editorial the petition for dancing
of 1935, said to have been signed by 90 per cent of the students,7 was
Those at Wake Forest, however, who were desirous of having
dancing authorized at the College continued their propaganda.
7 Old Gold and Black, May 21, 1936.