After the Wilmington vote the students had had an hour-long
"silence period" in which they confined themselves to their rooms.
Later they started a bonfire on the athletic practice field, and fifteen
hundred of them rallied at Reynolda Hall to hear Chaplain Hol-
lingsworth. Then some of their leaders got together and framed a
message to the convention:
We will not attempt to conceal from you our sincere and heartfelt sorrow
at the defeat yesterday of the amended proposal to broaden the composition
of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College.
We did honestly think it was a reasonable way to broaden the base of
support for the college within the framework of its allegiance to the cause of
Christ and to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
This morning, however, we pause to count our blessings and to share
them with you. There is a profound gratitude in our hearts for all the
messengers who, by supporting the proposal, expressed their confidence in
us and in the college. It comforts us to realize how many of you are our
friends. We are deeply grateful for the support of the leadership of your
convention and the General Board and we are unable to express the full
extent of our appreciation to the members of the college family who have