Harry Clifton Byrd was the president of Maryland university from 1936 to 1954. Harry Clifton Byrd was also a racist. He barred African Americans from enrolling at the university during his tenure, until forced by the courts to lift the ban and endorse academic inclusion.
His name is among many leaders across the country, whose staunch bigotry, rooted deeper this nation’s peril, and propelled segregation. His name is also the headstone of “Byrd” stadium.
Current president Wallace Loh wants to change that history, by wiping Byrd’s name from the stadium.
Loh’s crusade is backed by thousands of students, who have pushed and encouraged the president to do so. Loh announced this afternoon that the stadium’s name should be changed to Maryland stadium
. That name change will go before the board or regents this Friday.
If won with a majority vote, the new name will be erected.
Byrd will not completely be gone from campus, however. The plan is to honor him in one of the libraries, as he is credited with increasing enrollment and funding for the school, during a time when the college was struggling.
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