This committee report on inter-racial policies at Guilford College is included in the April 14, 1952 faculty meeting minutes. The report affirms the college’s longstanding commitment to inclusion of diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural groups, yet acknowledges challenges of contemporary race relations. The committee recommends integrating faculty, inviting guest speakers, and continuing to teach open-mindedness until constituent communities can be more accepting of integration.
A committee to “consider the entire problem of race relations as it is related to the policies and program of Guilford College” was appointed at the February 11, 1952 faculty meeting. The committee was chaired by physics professor and athletic coach, Dr. E. Garness Purdom. The committee became known as the Committee on the Study of Time and Place.
At the May 5, 1952 faculty meeting, the report was re-read and praised as a “noble step forward.” The motion carried to accept the report and distribute it to the college’s Board of Trustees. The committee was continued helped with faculty discussions on integration in 1954 after the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision.