Calls For An Explanation
Nashville Globe – - January 25, 1907
If the reports, being circulated around the city are true, the young men of the graduating class from Meharry deserve the commendation of every race-loving person in the city. Likewise the members of the faculty, almost all of whom are colored, are placed in an unfavorable light. It is asserted that the members of the class voted to have the class photographs made at an establishment conducted by a local photographer of our race, and that the Dean of the College, a white man, was willing but the faculty objected.
In the first place, as to where the class photographs should be made ought not to be influenced by the members of the faculty. As we understand it, the class is paying for the photographs and it should have the right to say who should do the work.
We hope the faculty has not been guilty of discriminating against the photographers of our race. For these professors, like the photographers, make their living almost exclusively from our people, and it should be their desire to encourage by their patronage the enterprises conducted by men of our race. If the reports be true, the class of 1907 has made a step in the right direction.