No Other Road: 1953 Red and Black Editors Stand Up for Equality and Free Speech

Collection: Richard B. Russell Library Oral History Documentary Collection

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No Other Road: 1953 Red and Black Editors Stand Up for Equality and Free Speech is a public oral history that documents the experiences of the editors of the University of Georgia's newspaper, Red and Black, who in 1953 resigned in protest following their defense of Horace Ward's right to attend the University of Georgia Law School. Moderated by Harry Montevideo, the program includes interviewers Dr. Maurice Daniels and Dr. Kent Middleton, as well as University of Georgia President Michael Adams, Dr. Derrick Alridge, and Horace Ward. Panelists recall their personal experiences with segregation and racism as well as receiving criticism by faculty, students, and staff. Other topics discussed include McCarthyism, African American enrollment in US Universities, and racial tension in the 1950s.

Historical Note:
In the fall of 1953 the four student editors of the Red and Black, Walter Lundy, Bill Shipp, Gene Britton, and Priscilla Arnold, defended the right of a young black man, Horace Ward, to be admitted to the all white University of Georgia School of Law. A series of editorials appeared earlier in 1952 and in the fall of 1953 that challenged racial segregation in Georgia’s public schools. University System Board of Regents member Roy Harris threatened to have the Board of Regents withhold appropriations for the school newspaper unless the staff stopped running editorials advocating the abolition of segregation in schools. At Harris’s request, the University of Georgia ultimately placed the Red and Black under the strict authority of the publications control board which would review the content of future editions and editorials. This action led to the resignation of both Lundy and Shipp who refused to surrender what had been a free and unfettered press. Their Wednesday, December 2nd, resignations were front page stories in the December 4th edition which was produced under the direction of acting editors Pricilla Arnold and Gene Britton. Arnold and Britton also declared their resignations on the editorial pages of the same edition.
- Adapted from the introduction by Harry Montevideo to the No Other Road public oral history program.

Date

2003-11-10

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RBRL175OHD-001

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Maurice Daniels et al., “No Other Road: 1953 Red and Black Editors Stand Up for Equality and Free Speech,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 3, 2020, http://russelllibraryoralhistory.org/RBRL175OHD/RBRL175OHD-001.