The NCCU community refuses to celebrate a white segregationist
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The Hoey Administration Building at North Carolina Central University is named in honor of segregationist Clyde R. Hoey. Hoey was Governor of North Carolina from 1937-1941 and contributed state-funds to the University, however, his motivations were not honorable. As an arch-segregationist, Hoey's financial contribution was made in an effort to reinforce the presence of a segregated education for Black students. He did not want Black students to attend the then segregated University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University or any other all-white college or university.
On every campus, the Administration Building is the heart of an University and reflects its values and history; it is the place that keeps our University functioning. As such, it must represent and reflect our values, mission and respect for equality and justice. The life, philosophy and legacy of Clyde Hoey do not properly reflect the values, hopes and aspiration of North Carolina Central University, its students, faculty and administration.
For example, while discussing "Negro" education in 1954, after the Brown v. Board of Education opinion was issued, Hoey stated: "North Carolina does not believe in social equality between the races and will not tolerate mixed schools for the races:" this was the philosophy of Clyde Hoey.
Historically, students have spearheaded several efforts to change the name of our Administration Building, but they have been unsuccessful. Once again, we are calling upon all students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community members to sign our petition and call for the renaming of the Hoey Administration Building.
We believe the building should be named after individuals who challenged the segregationist laws Hoey believed in. Douglas Moore and Virginia Williams are two people who led the sit-in at the Royal Ice Cram Parlor in 1957. Their honorable actions reflect the values of our University. Thus the building will be changed to the Moore-Williams Administration Building.
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