Saturday, October 03, 2009

A Black President Takes The Helm At A Mostly White College

Black President Stands Out At Mostly White College

More than 230 years since Hampden-Sydney's founding, tradition is very much alive at the Virginia college.

The students, all men, wear bow ties and jackets to football games. On arriving for the school year, students are handed an etiquette guide. The college slogan is simple. It reads: "Forming Good Men and Good Citizens Since 1776."

And 93 percent of those good citizens at the college are white — unlike the new president of Hampden-Sydney.

It's a school steeped in the traditions of the Old South — a place that educated the leaders and the children of the Confederate aristocracy. In 1861, Hampden-Sydney's president even raised a company of men to fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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