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Racial diversity was challenged at the university for much of its history

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 16:04

Racial issues

The Maroon archives

File photo from The Wolf yearbook, 1965. Black students often found themselves isolated in the early

In an era of supposed equality, where men and women of all races are widely accepted, it is difficult for some to remember how different the world was 50 years ago, when minorities were fighting just to gain acceptance into a university. These struggles, though, were well documented throughout the years in The Maroon, where both white and black students fought for equality through journalism.

By the late 1940s, racial tension was building all across the country. Segregated universities nationwide, including Loyola, were being pressured both internally, from students and faculty, as well as externally, from proposed laws and regulations. Columns in The Maroon began detailing racial movements at other schools, as well as the efforts of several members of Loyola’s faculty to integrate.

In 1952, 12 years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Norman Francis became one of two black students accepted into Loyola’s Law School. In 1956, he was the first black student to graduate from Loyola University.

In February 1964, Mary Eckalbar wrote an article detailing the prevalence of discrimination at Loyola. Adam Weber, who was one of nine black students at the time, said, “Because I’m not accepted at Loyola as a person, I find it hard to feel like an integral part of the university. At school I am a Negro. Period.”

In an article published just two months later titled “Civil Rights Bill Moral But Not Legislative” appeared in The Maroon. The article said that although the bill is moral, it infringes on the rights of the majority, and therefore should not be passed.

On Feb. 6, 1970, the Black Student Union was formed to help black students adjust to a predominately white school.

In November 1983, The Maroon ran a two-page spread describing racism in the classroom. According to the article, 58 percent of students believed instructors showed prejudice on the basis of race.

By 1993, though, only 14 percent of Loyola’s student body described racial relations at the school as poor. Seventy-five percent of black students said they would recommend Loyola to their peers.

Patrick Rafferty can be reached at

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Tue Apr 17 2012 12:51
When my aunt attended an ivy league school in the seventies she joined the campus groups that augmented the lifestyles of students. This was 'normal' during that era. Now people call persons that are exercising their civil liberties extremists. All demographics marched together to protest Wall Street. Was Wall Street around back then...of course it was but, the focus has shifted from education to economic stability.
Sat Apr 14 2012 16:15
Stop white genocide sounds like a death row serial killer who is trying to save himself from execution and says that everyone who did not commit the crime should be subject to the same punishment.
Fri Apr 13 2012 16:23
That guy sounds like a crazy racist. Probably because he is a crazy racist.
Fri Apr 13 2012 10:04
Hey, "Stop White Genocide" ... racist much?
Thu Apr 12 2012 20:47
Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone????????

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem willbe solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLYinto White countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quoteassimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives will just say that I'm a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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