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Students object to Confederate flags on Va. campus

Thursday - 4/17/2014, 9:00pm  ET

STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A group of law students at Washington and Lee University is demanding the school banish the Confederate flag from its Lexington campus and repudiate one of its namesakes, Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The students also want the private liberal arts college to end the practice of allowing "neo-Confederates" to march on campus with battle flags during Lee-Jackson day, a Virginia state holiday that falls on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day.

The students known collectively as The Committee vowed civil disobedience if their demands are not met by Sept. 1.

In a letter released to the W&L community, President Kenneth P. Ruscio wrote that university officials "take these students' concerns seriously" and that they would be addressed. He asked provost Daniel Wubah to meet with the students.


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