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cleansing of our minds and our souls from every form of bigotry,
prejudice, intolerance and blindness.”
President Scales, in his response, said: “Wake Forest will be
speaking with a different accent, but the substance of its message
is unchanged.… We remain a North Carolina fortress of indepen-
dent thought. We remain a Southern school, grateful for the code
that produced in its sons gallantry of character and nobility of
spirit.… We remain a Baptist school.” But, he continued, “Let the
critics know that this Baptist school proposes to lead… in the proc-
lamation of soul freedom and its intellectual corollary, academic
freedom”; in “non-conformist thought”; in “international concern”;
in “the attacks on social injustice.” Let Wake Forest be “a place of
concern for human beings, a place where ambition stoops to kind-
ness; and intellect, to candor and humor.”
By the time Scales wrote the first “annual report” of his presi-
dency, he was in a more somber mood. Looking ahead with what
proved to be prophetic words, he warned: “We should not plume
ourselves on our untypical serenity, especially if it is the quiet that
goes before the storm—or worse if our placid ways mean the ex-
tinction of concern for the issues of life, or inertia in the whirlwind
of radical ideas.”
There would be ample opportunity during the following year
to show “concern for the issues of life,” and to confront “the whirl-
wind of radical ideas.”
Procession at inauguration of President Scales
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