Yale drops slavery proponent Calhoun from college name
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 3:15
University President Peter Salovey sent a note out to the Yale Community announcing they have chose to change the name of Calhoun College to honor one of Yale's most distinguished graduates, Grace Murray Hopper '30 M.A., '34 Ph.D. "Judging Calhoun's principles and legacy as an ardent supporter of slavery as a positive good are at odds with the values of this university".
Calhoun, a senator from SC who was separately secretary of state, secretary of war and vice-president under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, was a champion of "states' rights" in the years before the civil war.
The Ivy League institution will rename Calhoun House after U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and computer science pioneer Grace Hopper.
Although the university has made a decision to rename Calhoun College, the school said it would not remove other mentions of Calhoun from the rest of the campus. "No longer will John C Calhoun's name disgrace the city and the university".
The switch comes after months of protests led by Yale students, employees and CT residents who claimed that Calhoun and his beliefs about race and slavery stained the university's reputation.
This approached is in keeping with new guidelines for renaming that were issued by a committee appointed by Salovey in November.
The name change won't take effect until July, one month before fall classes begin.
"We have a strong presumption against renaming buildings on this campus", Salovey said Saturday.
There still remains a statue of Calhoun in Harkness Tower and his name is engraved in various locations around the campus, including above the front gate of the school.
By Saturday afternoon, students had already replaced Calhoun's name with Hopper's on placards throughout the college.
President Peter Salovey sent a letter out to the Yale Community Saturday, detailing the change and the need for it, as well as the need to not erase history from the University.
In 2016, after sustained discussion and controversy, the Yale corporation made a decision to retain the name.
After decades of controversy, Yale University is renaming its iconic Calhoun College for a feminist scientist.
"I'm really thrilled that our community will embrace Grace Hopper and get to know her better", Salovey said. Hopper will become the second woman to have a residential college named after her.
Hundreds more students protested the school's president Thursday night.
With all that's said and done, Yale still renamed the building.
On Nov. 22, 2015, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama.
There are no excuses for slavery, but as reprehensible as his views were, Calhoun was very much a man of his time and was regarded by a Senate Committee as one of the greatest US Senators of all time.
Matos cited Menafee as one of the reasons the administration changed course on the name.