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1945

Reverend James H. Robinson ignites discussion of the segregation policy

April 20, 1945, Rev. James H. Robinson, Minster of the Church of the Master in Harlem, and a prominent African-American rights activist, came to speak at Wheaton. Following his talk, he engaged students in a four hour discussion, during which he argued that African-American women could be happy at Wheaton, and urged the college to take steps to create scholarships for capable African-American students.

Robinson's talk influenced President Alexander Meneeley to bring the issue to the Board of Trustees.

Wheaton News, 4/28/45.

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