In an op-ed in the Washington Post in reaction to the announcement by the board of trustees, Colbert I. King lays out the answer to this question very clearly.
The Chronicle of Higher Education poses this question in an article by Sarah Brown talking about our situation along side that of Dixie State University in Utah…
The name change decisionBuilding and symbol changesDiversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) changesAn open field text…
In a piece in the Roanoke Times, 2007 alumnus, Mike Rennard reacts to the decision.
In a letter to the editor in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bill Melton, ’74U (and member of Not Unmindful) poses this very question. Lots of good stuff here.
Here is the Washington Post’s article on the announcement (First out of the gate). It is followed by that of the New York Times
The website Best Colleges joins the growing list of those that are paying attention to what is about to happen—or not happen—in Lexington this month.
As we approach the Board of Trustees decisions, the timing and substance of which is unknown to any of us, the Alumni Board hopes that alumni will consider joining us to embrace these aspirational principles:
Lee’s name is a barrier to other major objectives the trustees have established: to increase numbers of minority students and members of the faculty, to make admissions to the university “need blind,” and to improve the total atmosphere of the college to emphasize honor, civility, and service.
A much more balanced view of the debate, giving Not Unmindful as much or more column space the those on the other side.