For the second time in two years, Hampton University inexplicably denied official recognition to students seeking to start a gay and lesbian group on campus. The group, Students Promoting Equality, Action and Knowledge (SPEAK), contacted FIRE, which wrote a letter to Hampton on urging the university to recognize SPEAK or provide an adequate explanation for effectively banning the group from campus for the next two years. However, Hampton remains silent on the issue.
February 26, 2007
by Michael Paul Williams Richmond Times-Dispatch When it comes to its students, Hampton University’s philosophy can be described as “don’t speak.” Continuing its assault on the First Amendment, the university has denied recognition to a gay and lesbian student group for the second year in a row. The group Students Promoting Equality, Action & Knowledge goes by the acronym SPEAK. Its stated mission is to serve as a bridge between the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight communities at HU. But without university recognition, it can’t officially meet or post fliers at the seaside campus. The Foundation for Individual […]» Read More