Princeton University will keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on its public policy school, despite calls to remove it because of his racist views.
The Ivy League university’s board of trustees announced the decision Monday. It comes after a black student group demanded it be removed and for changes to the social and academic climate on campus.
Wilson was U.S. president from 1913 until 1921. He graduated from Princeton and also was its president. He is regarded as a leading progressive but also supported segregation.
Dozens of students from a group called the Black Justice League had protested inside Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber’s office for 32 hours beginning Nov. 18. Their action came amid a wave of activism across the country around racial issues on campuses.