EUGENE, Ore. — A University of Oregon committee reviewing new names for a dormitory named after a professor who was a Ku Klux Klan leader has come up with four finalists after 66 new names were suggested.
All four of the finalists were black and had strong connections to the university while they were alive, The Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/2psEvO1 ) Friday.
The finalists are: Derrick Bell, a former Oregon School of Law dean; Nellie Franklin, the first black woman to graduate from the university; DeNorval Unthank Jr., the first black man to graduate from Oregon’s architecture school; and his father, DeNorval Unthank Sr., a Portland doctor and civil rights activist who served as president of the NAACP.
Dunn Hall was originally named after Frederick Dunn, a classics professor in the early 1900s and a local Ku Klux Klan leader with the title of “exalted cyclops.”
The name was stripped from the dorm last fall after the university’s Black Student Task Force asked college officials to rename buildings named after people with racist histories.
Dunn was an Oregon classics professor in the early 1900s and a local Ku Klux Klan leader.
The university’s founder, Matthew Deady, spoke in favor of slavery before the Civil War but later supported anti-discrimination laws. His reversal led the university leaders to decide to keep his name on a building.
About 20 people suggested that Dunn Hall should be named in honor of Edwin Coleman, an English professor who died at age 84 earlier this year.
But officials had decided that the buildings would be named after people who have been dead for at least a year.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com