Hampton’s philosophy: ‘Don’t speak’

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...

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