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He noted the argument that Douglas was a “populist,” but said it was clear he didn’t think black people were equal, which the university shouldn’t commemorate.
Member Mona Davenport said the committee should give “a lot of value” to the input it received from EIU students, who were “adamant” about the name change.
“These are the people for whom we must lead by example,” she said. “Across the country, we are removing everything that commemorates everything that is wrong, especially in relation to racism.”
It was unclear on Wednesday whether Glassman’s decision on what to recommend to the board will be announced ahead of the board meeting.
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In its recommendation, the committee suggested establishing more precise criteria to be used in naming university buildings. The recommendation also called for more public information on the reasons for the names of buildings.
Other committee members who joined in support of the change were President Angie Campbell, Diane Burns and Carlos Amaya. Noor Khamisani, the committee’s student representative, did not attend any of the committee’s meetings, including Wednesday.
The result of the committee’s vote was announced unanimously after members voted anonymously. The committee declined to take a roll-call vote, despite objections from members of the press who attended the meeting and expressed concerns about possible violations of the open meeting law.