Doak Campbell’s grandson defended the previous Florida State College president as the varsity introduced it was reviewing whether to change the identify of the football stadium.
Kendrick Scott, a former Florida State linebacker, began a petition final week urging the varsity to change the identify of the stadium due to Campbell’s pro-segregation views. Doak Campbell III advised the Palm Beach Post on Monday that his grandfather wasn’t a segregationist.
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“I’m extremely disappointed that somebody is trying to change the name,” he advised the newspaper. “It seems like he was making an attempt to preserve the varsity from being embroiled in a sizzling political matter which may have hostile penalties. He was not selling segregation. He was involved about defending the tranquility of the varsity and never let it’s dragged into one thing whether he believed it or not. That was his main concern.
“As long as I knew him, he never professed that segregationism was something that was good. He was always promoting the advancement of black education.”
Doak Campbell was the primary president of Florida State College and the third president of Florida State School for Ladies. He helped transition the school to coed, in accordance to the Palm Seaside Put up.
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Nevertheless, reviews surfaced in latest weeks about Campbell allegedly being opposed to permitting African People to be allowed to attend the varsity and “refused to tolerate any breach of racial segregation.” A narrative from the Tampa Morning Tribune in 1957 quoted Campbell discussing barring African People from desegregation conferences.
Doak Campbell III mentioned he believes his grandfather’s beliefs have been formed by the occasions.
“He probably was not alone at the time among educators not wishing to embroil their students and school in a really hot topic by prohibiting the things indicated that he prohibited. I think that was the perspective we have to look at it on, not that he was pro-segregationist,” he mentioned.
“We’re used to politics on the campus these days, that’s the norm almost. But in those days that was not always the case.”
Florida State president John Thrasher mentioned Monday he requested the athletic director David Coburn to overview whether the varsity ought to rename the stadium.
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“I have been following with great interest the petitions circulating on social media asserting that Doak S. Campbell, FSU’s president in 1947 during its transition from the Florida State College for Women, resisted integration and asking that the stadium no longer bear his name. I have asked Athletics Director David Coburn to immediately review this issue and make recommendations to me. I look forward to receiving his report soon,” Thrasher mentioned in an announcement.