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B.K. Roberts Hall at FSU's law school is named for a segregationist justice who defied the U.S. Supreme Court to deny admission to a prospective law student because he was black.  Please help our effort to have the building renamed for a more appropriate person.

 Roberts

Roberts

The main classroom building at the College of Law of Florida State University was named "B.K. Roberts Hall" in 1973--however, the real story started several years earlier when a black man named Virgil Hawkins in 1949 sought to attend law school in Florida and Roberts spent a decade making sure no blacks, including Hawkins, would ever integrate Florida's public schools, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court said.

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Hawkins

Today Confederate statues are being removed and many buildings nationwide previously named for segregationists and former slave owners are being renamed, and FSU has formed a committee to examine this issue.  FSU needs to do the same and rename the building for a more deserving person who does not have a history of defending segregation and refusing to comply with the orders of a higher court.

For the whole story, read on.