Universities: An Urge to Retire

In Washington, D.C., last week, resignations were handed in by two university heads whose recent firings of outspoken faculty members had provoked demonstrations for academic freedom.

After seven years as president of Howard University, James M. Nabrit Jr. stepped out at a time of unprecedented strife on the nation's largest Negro campus (enrollment: 11,000, about 12% white). Though Nabrit a generation ago was a pioneering court room lawyer in the civil rights movement, he found himself branded a reactionary last spring when a spree of black-power incidents struck his campus. Militant pacifists booed Selective Service Director Lewis B. Hershey...

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