Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Urban League Upset over University's Lack of Support for Boycott

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Urban League Upset over University's Lack of Support for Boycott

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Columbia Urban League chairman wants the University of South Carolina to move the National Black Family Summit out of the state to support an NAACP boycott or risk losing co-sponsorship of the event.

Dr. David Swinton, in an Oct. 1 letter to the university's dean of social work, Frank Raymond, says that the Urban League will not co-sponsor the summit if it is held in South Carolina. The event typically draws hundreds of social workers, government officials and others to South Carolina.

In addition to chairing the Columbia Urban League, Swinton is the president of Benedict College and the author of a proposal for the state's seven historically Black colleges and universities to join the boycott.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which maintains that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism, earlier this year called for an economic boycott of South Carolina until the flag is taken down from the Statehouse.

Columbia Urban League President James T. McLawhorn says that when the NAACP pressed the boycott this summer to start Jan. 1, league and university officials "jointly decided to talk to the hotel chain about being relieved" of the contract for the March conference. …

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