Rename the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University

Rename the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University

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Grace Greene started this petition to Clemson University

The Strom Thurmond Institute (STI) is a research institute established in 1982 to further public policy research and service efforts at Clemson University. This Institute has participated in projects relating to water resource policy, waste management, energy policy, infrastructure, and community planning. It also houses the SC Water Resource Research Institute and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. In 2019, this Institute became part of the Clemson Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives that already preserved and made available for research the Thurmond Collection.

I am a student at Clemson University and pass by STI almost daily and the area is frequented by tailgaters on game days. A quick google search will tell you just how terrible Strom Thurmond was. It is an embarrassment and poor reflection on the university to have this institute named after him. The Board of Trustees recently voted to change the name of the Honors College and petition to the state to change the name of Tillman Hall. This is the next step.

Here is what you need to know about who Strom Thurmond was (from https://www.change.org/p/rename-the-strom-thurmond-center-at-the-university-of-south-carolina):

-He wrote the first version of the Southern Manifesto, announcing Southern disagreement with the 1954 U.S Supreme Court decision in Brown v Board of Education which ruled that public school segregation was unconstitutional.
Strom Thurmond was a Segregationist Politician who served 48 years as a U.S. senator for South Carolina.
-In 1948, he ran for president of the United States on a platform that opposed the civil rights of African Americans.
-He was the leader of the Dixiecrat Revolt - The Party opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy in the face of possible federal intervention
-Thurmond filibustered for more than 24 hours to prevent passing the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the longest filibuster ever by a single senator 
-"Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100" was the headline of a 2003 New York Times article about his passing. 
-After his passing, Essie-Mae Washington-Williams revealed she was Thurmond's daughter. Washington-Williams mother was an African American who was employed as a domestic worker at Thurmond's family home - she was 16. 

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