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Letters...Why don’t you return to the status quo ante?

Mirrored attitudes

Ronne Hartfield’s article (“Too Late in the Day,” February/05) describing how the older generation in her family and others on the South Side reacted to Emmett Till’s murder rang a bell. My mother, Ursula B. Stone, PhD’29, then taught at George Williams College here in Hyde Park, where many of her best students were black city kids who went on to important positions in Chicago and elsewhere.

But her attitude toward civil-rights protests mirrored that of Ronne’s mother and neighbors: it was not her idea of the way to force equality, and I remember her saying that she had advised several students against going South to sit in because she felt it would affect their careers. Hard as she worked to help her students one-on-one and to preserve Hyde Park and the University as a place we all could live, she too was not a “mass movement” person.

Maryal Stone Dale, AM’57

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