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Yale University Will Rename Calhoun College, Remove Slavery Connection

Yale University says it will rename Calhoun College to remove the connection to slavery and white supremacy.
Posted at 12:09 PM, Feb 12, 2017

Calhoun College is named after a supporter of slavery. But not for much longer

Yale University announced it's renaming the residential college. In 1931, it was named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States, a Yale graduate and a hard-line slavery supporter.

Undergraduate students are randomly assigned to one of Yale's 14 residential colleges their freshman year. The residential colleges are located in New Haven, Connecticut, along with Yale University buildings where graduate and doctoral students study.

Last year, an African-American dishwasher admitted to breaking a stained-glass window that depicted slaves picking cotton.

The college's new name will honor Grace Murray Hopper. The computer scientist got a master's degree and a doctorate from Yale in the 1930s and invented a new computer programming language. She also served as a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.

Peter Salovey, Yale's president, opposed the change last year but explained, "The decision to change a college's name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun's legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a 'positive good' fundamentally conflicts with Yale's mission and values."