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Asia.” Coincident with the arrival of “peace” was the additional
good news that on June 30 the draft would be ended. Thus was
gone the immediacy of a controversy which, for more that four
years, had stirred a dedicated minority of Wake Forest students
toward an active participation in public affairs: a commitment
of intensity unmatched by any cause, other than the civil rights
movement, that had risen on the national scene since the victory
over Germany and Japan in World War II.
In February, under the leadership of Afro-American Society
president Mütter Evans of Williamston, Wake Forest sponsored its
first Black Awareness Week. The main speaker was Maya Angelou,
author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, who received a standing
ovation in a packed lecture hall and who made Wake Forest friends
in a way that seldom happens with visiting lecturers. This program
was the beginning of what would prove to be a close and continu-
ing relationship between the University and Maya Angelou.
Just as the calm of a “peaceful” America settled on the nation
and there were growing indications of at least a superficial harmo-
ny between black and white students at Wake Forest, so some of
the innovative experiments of the late sixties and early seventies
came to an end. After four years the Covenant House in Winston-
Salem’s West End was abandoned: the students who lived there all
graduated, and no successors appeared. There was new talk about
the Experimental College, but nothing of consequence happened.
Intervisitation was no longer a live subject for debate, and although
rules for the proper use of dormitory lounges were endlessly dis-
cussed and certain adjustments were made, conversations between
students and administrators about parietal rules tended to be pre-
dictably tedious and repetitive.
No wonder that President Scales could say, in his annual report
for 1972–1973, “I am pleased to report a famine in the land—a
famine of the sensational kind of news that brought the college
campus to the attention of the country in recent years. The most
momentous event of a placid year was probably the addition of the
500,000th volume in the library.”
President Scales went on to say, however, that Wake Forest did
have “real” problems and that they had their own “peculiar flavor.”
One of them, as always, grew out of the University’s relationship
with the Baptist State Convention. The Trustees had decided—
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