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Dave Lawrence, "CRC List Conservative Civil Rights Program," Hanover College Triangle, 22 Nov. 1963, p. 1.

The first meeting of the recently established arm of Student Senate, The Civil Rights Committee, took place Monday afternoon, November 18, in an atmosphere of conscious responsibility, yielding a worthwhile exchange of ideas. A profound sense of integrity and rationality became evident as the campus representatives discussed the main ideal and goal of the group -- to be rational and educative, not inflammatory or ambiguous.

The first meeting of the recently established arm of Student Senate, The Civil Rights Committee, took place Monday afternoon, November 18, in an atmosphere of conscious responsibility, yielding a worthwhile exchange of ideas. A profound sense of integrity and rationality became evident as the campus representatives discussed the main ideal and goal of the group -- to be rational and educative, not inflammatory or ambiguous.

It was stated that the Hanover College Civil or Human Rights Committee was founded for the express purpose of complementing Governor Matthew Welsh's State Civil Rights Commission on the local, grass-roots level. As an active Committee of Student Senate, all matters dealing with Civil rights are to be channeled in the Committee's direction. It is the members' self-imposed obligation:

  1.  To inform not to deceive or inflame.
  2.  To investigate not to meddle.
  3.  To analyze not to judge.
  4.  To enlighten and clarify, not to emotionalize or sentimentalize.
  5.  To assist not to hinder.
  6.  To recommend based on fact, not to opinionate based on rumor.
  7.  To execute by consent of Student Senate, not to incite by virtue of independent radicalism

At the outset it was the committee's wish to avoid the sometimes negative connotation associated with 'Civil Rights' such as sit-ins, boycotts, protest marches, or freedom rides, etc. Instead through open meetings, in which stimulating discussions will be promoted, and through informative meetings, in which knowledgeable speakers on a state or national level will be present, the Committee will expose the interested student to the complexities of the Human Rights question. In this way another idealistic purpose of the Committee will be served -- that of understanding and mastering human prejudice. The worst crime against oneself is moral perjury, yet isn't this the crime we are committing? The properly informed individual is conspicuous by his awareness and recognition of national or local problems and exemplary for his rational, calculated approach to their solutions!


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Caroline Brunner (HC 2018) selected this article for Learning in Black and White, a study of African Americans at Hanover College from 1832 to 1980.
This is a faithful transcription of the text as it appears in the print version of the Triangle, available at the Hanover College Archives.



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