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it acceptable for women to wear slacks on campus except to class,
chapel, the Magnolia Room, and administrative offices on the sec-
ond floor of Reynolda Hall, and on Sundays before two o’clock in
the afternoon. “Cut-offs, sweatshirts, bare feet, and curlers” were
still to be considered as being “in bad taste.”
Racial tensions on campus, somewhat under control since the
Winston-Salem riots of the preceding year, threatened to become
explosive when thirty students—twenty-four white and six black4
—announced that they planned to burn Confederate flags and a
recording of “Dixie” on the “quad” after chapel services on No-
vember 19. Fortunately, the ceremony took place without provok-
ing any public reaction except for the display of three Confederate
flags hanging from one of the men’s dormitories.
Incidents such as this one alerted the Student Legislature to the
urgent need for combating campus bias and prejudice, and the Legis-
lature unanimously passed a resolution urging the University to
“reject and seek to eliminate any racism that exists on the campus
and in the City of Winston-Salem”; to permit the existence of a stu-
dent organization supporting “the total campus life of black students”;
4
When the demon-
stration occurred,
ten blacks and
thirteen whites
took part.
Students walking to the City in support of efforts by Wake Forest to collaborate with the City
on racial and urban problems
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