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Florida State anti-racism task force votes against removing Doak Campbell's name from football stadium

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A presidential task force addressing anti-racism, equity and inclusion at Florida State University voted Wednesday afternoon against forwarding a recommendation to remove Doak Campbell’s name from the football stadium.

The vote was 12-7. 

The task force’s Historical Legacy Subcommittee earlier had deadlocked in a 3-3 vote on whether Campbell’s name should be removed from the stadium. 

The full panel did vote to recommend that the university and the Athletics Department institute a “high-profile” recognition of black and other underrepresented minority student athletes at the stadium.

Maxine Montgomery, who chairs the task force, will present a list of about 25 recommendations on other subjects to President John Thrasher for his review by Friday.

The decision comes as the President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion concludes its term.

Cortez Brown, student at the FSU College of Medicine

“Regarding the specific recommendation for President Doak Campbell, I will remain disappointed for several reasons,” said FSU College of Medicine student Cortez Brown, who served on the Historical Legacy subcommittee.

“Our goal was to move the university forward as opposed to focusing on our past,” he said. “I sincerely believe our university is focused on equity and inclusion and I respectfully do not believe Doak Campbell’s actions in 1957 reflect those values.”

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