Hampton’s philosophy: ‘Don’t speak’

February 26, 2007

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...