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any further protests should be peaceful and never threatening. The
planned “strike” was called off; most classes and, subsequently, most
examinations were held as scheduled, and the school year ended.
The connection—in the minds of dedicated students and teachers
—between opposition to the war and a growing awareness of
injustices faced by American blacks was never more apparent than
in 1969–1970. Sensitive observers at Wake Forest noted that after
seven years of integration only seven black students had graduated,
and there were still no black faculty members. In an effort toward
future progress the College faculty unanimously passed a resolution
asking that the University “pursue every possible means” to recruit
competent teachers of all races and that the admissions office make
“full use” of its scholarship resources to attract black students. The
Afro-American Society thought the resolution too “hesitant and
generalized,” but one modest gain was recorded in the spring when
two part-time black professors—Joseph Norman in accountancy
and Joseph Jowers in sociology—were named to the undergraduate
faculty. Both men had full-time employment elsewhere; each of them
taught only one course for Wake Forest. Also, the Afro-American
The Afro-American Society: from The Howler for 1970
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