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ACU Today provides behind-the-scenes account of university’s first black undergrads

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A cover story in ACU Today, Abilene Christian University’s alumni magazine, recounts the 1960s-era experience of the university’s first two black undergraduates, Larry Bonner and Billy Curl.
It’s a compelling, behind-the-scenes account and worth a read.

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    What I really admired about the article by Paul Gregory was the fact that he was objective and honest about this difficult chapter in our history. He didn’t make excuses or sugarcoat the story. To me, one of the most historical moments in our history as a movement came when Dr. Royce Money, as president of ACU, issued a public apology for the schools’ past failure to admit African American students. I understand that Lipscomb University has recently made such a statement as well.
    The history of Church of Christ Christian colleges struggling with this issue is quite revealing and how we often failed to address these spiritual issues on biblical grounds. I’m wondering why all of our Christian schools that once discriminated have not made similar statements. I also wonder why congregations that refused to allow minorities to even attend services and preachers of that era who were profoundly silent on the issue have not also publicly repented.
    Harold Williams
    January, 23 2013

    In my previous post I identified the author of the ACU Today article as Paul Gregory. It should have been Paul Anthony.
    Harold Williams
    January, 24 2013

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