President Lotus Coffman, University of Minnesota, Letter to L.O. Smith of the NAACP
President Coffman replied to the letter he received from the head of the Minneapolis NAACP, L.O. (Lena Olive) Smith, condemning his decision to remove a John Pinkett, Jr., an African American student, from Pioneer Hall, the first men’s dormitory. This 1931 letter is Coffman’s first defense of segregated housing, and his distorted insistence that this was what African Americans wanted.
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