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.

CreatorLotus D. CoffmanSourceUniversity of Minnesota Archives, OAP Box 20 Negro Folder, 1931.Date05/10/1931RightsImage is available courtesy the University of Minnesota Archives. For additional information about the use or re-use of this image please contact the University of Minnesota Archives at of MinnesotaTime Period1930s