During my senior year I edited the Stars and Bars, the student newspaper. A strange name for a newspaper? Well, integration went only so far; the school was still named for Robert E. Lee. The newspaper ran a monthly column, College of the Month, for those planning to enter university. The obvious choices for the column were Alabama, Auburn, Troy State, Huntingdon, etc. My predecessors had written about those schools every year. But I thought it was time to make a statement. Early in the school year, I chose to feature Tuskegee Institute as College of the Month.
As usual I met privately with the Principal at Lee, Clinton Carter, to obtain his approval of the galley proofs for the forthcoming issue. I didn't tell him about my choice of Tuskegee; I simply put the proofs on his desk and waited. As he turned the pages, he stopped, looked at me, looked again at the proofs, smiled, and kept going. No word was spoken. The issue went to press as-is. It did cause a bit of a stir at the school. The more comments I got about it, the better I felt.
Then this came in the mail: