448 History of Wake Forest College
to bleed again wounds which were just beginning to heal. A year
later, however, at its meeting in Wilmington, November 1618, 1937,
the Convention adopted as part of the "Report of the Committee on
Social Service and Civil Righteousness," the following:
We deplore and condemn the modern dance as a means of social amusement. We
recognize that it is demoralizing and that it tends towards immorality. The
Convention hereby would express its conviction on this important matter and its
will and desire that no school or college of any grade, or other institution of any
kind whatsoever, owned and maintained by this Convention, shall at any time
though its faculty, boards of trustees, or other agents, promote or allow promoted
dancing in its buildings or on its premises, or elsewhere under its official auspices.
The Baptists of North Carolina cannot give their sanction or approval to a custom so
clearly calculated to injure and demoralize character, which we seek in the name of
Christ to build in all that is highest and best.
The propaganda for dances at Wake Forest, however, continued
after a few months with unabated zeal, the promoters "working with
the idea," as was said in Old Gold and Black of March 3, 1936, "that a
constant hammering . . . over a long period of years will be effectual."
In the students' publications and in the newspapers no regard
whatever was had to the declaration of the Trustees given above that
the name of Wake Forest College must not be used in connection with
dances. The name of the College appeared everywhere in connection
with dances, especially dances of fraternities, many of them given
under the auspices of the Pan-Hellenic Council. Furthermore, the
movement started before 1936 to provide freshmen with a dance as an
introduction to their social life as students of the College continued.
Sometimes it was announced that as freshmen were inexperienced in
such things, they would have the assistance of those who knew. The
purpose of all this interest and kindness seemed to be to get so many
of the students of the College interested in dancing that another
petition to have it authorized at the College could not be resisted, but
in 1937, Chairman Castlebury of the Pan-Hellenic Council found lack
of interest among
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