126 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
In a letter to Paschal touching on his statement, Irving Carlyle said:
Too much is at stake in the whole situation for those who love Wake
Forest College to stand idly by and permit the usefulness and greatness of
the college to be destroyed…. The chief thing at stake is the freedom of the
college to pursue truth. I shall never surrender on the right and moral duty of
the trustees of Wake Forest College to direct the affairs of the college in the
exercise of their best judgment, rather than to turn the direction of the
college over to the General Board or to the Baptist State Convention. If the
latter should happen, the freedom and integrity of Wake Forest College will
have disappeared.
It was in that context that Dr. Paschal made his motion to permit
dancing at a trustee meeting January 24, 1958. He was defeated on
that specific point, but the trustees framed a statement after the vote
which reiterated the principle he was espousing. It said:
The Board of Trustees today reasserts that in the management of the
affairs of the college its judgment must ultimately prevail. This proposition
is basic and will, we believe, appear inevitable once the matter is examined
in any detail. While we intend to act in conformity with the proposition
stated, we should like to add this further word. We assure the Baptist people
of North Carolina that our continuing purpose is the advancement of the
Baptist program in this state. Their cause is our cause and we are resolutely
determined that it shall never be otherwise.
It would seem-from the record of the college through the years-that these
assurances are superfluous, but we gladly give them lest anyone suppose
that we do not share the aims and aspirations of the churches from which we
come and the purposes which have set Wake Forest College apart for one
hundred and twenty years.
Thus we hope that the cooperation between the college and the Baptist
State Convention will grow rather than lessen in the years to come. We are
convinced that this cooperation is indispensable if the college is to achieve
its full usefulness and that with it, we can go forward to new achievement
redounding to the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.
In a Biblical Recorder article published almost simultaneously,
Judge Johnson J. Hayes, now retired from the federal bench, set forth
what appeared to be the thinking of the trustee majority:
The subject of dancing has been exaggerated out of all proportion to
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