Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Today in 1961, as a direct result of the tragedy of the prior evening, Student Activities Supervisor Walt Machlin, of The College of William and Mary, announced that, until a safer alternative to shoe polish could be found, all blackface performances would be banned on campus. He was quoted by the William and Mary Campus Gazette as saying, "It's all fun and games, until someone gets hurt. This time, unfortunately, two very creative, talented young men did get hurt. The administration cannot, in good conscience, allow such performances to go on, when the risk of personal injury is so high."