Bill of Complaint

August 17, 1964 – Sweet Briar‘s counsel files a bill of complaint in the Amherst County Circuit Court. Against the background of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the college seeks to take legal action in order to reinterpret the will of its founder.

The board argues that this restrictive regulation “perpetuates particular local conditions of time and place which have so changed that the major emphasis in the foundation of the College can no longer be realized by adhering to that condition“. Sweet Briar claims the primary goal of its founder is to “impart to its students such education in sound learning […] as shall in the judgement of the directors best fit them to be useful members of society“.

By mpiatkov

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