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Resolution of Sweet Briar Board and Faculty


“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 triggers off the desegregation of schools, colleges and universities in the United States. That is to say, if educational institutions want to receive federal financial assistance, they have to establish an anti-discrimmination policy and admit non-white students.
April 26, 1963 – Before Sweet Briar is cut off from federal funds, faculty members submit a petition to the Board of Overseers to consider students for admission “without respect to race.” On November 2, 1963, the board agreed to direct it’s Executive Committee to “take whatever legal action may be necessary and appropriate to secure a judicial determination as to whether we may, consistently with the charitable purposes of Indiana Fletcher Williams, admit qualified persons to Sweet Briar College, regardless of race”.

Petition of Sweet Briar faculty, April 26, 1963

Petition of Sweet Briar faculty, part II

Statement of Faculty Consideration, March 19, 1964

Statement for Faculty Consideration, part II

Statement for Faculty Consideration, part III

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