National Affairs: The Students Pick

The Alpha Kappa girls at the University of Illinois almost decided against nominating a candidate for Homecoming Queen, the highest student social honor. "Why waste our time?" was their argument. Alpha Kappa is a Negro sorority.

Hope, however, prevailed, and Alpha Kappa nominated Clarice Clotilde Davis. Clarice won, the first Negro girl to receive this honor at a predominantly white U.S. university.* Said she: "I know that it won't be me standing there. It is a symbol of something we've always worked for... Our school has had the reputation of being the most prejudiced of all the Big Ten schools. Now all...

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