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Student coalition seeks to get 'Byrd' off University of Maryland's stadium
Student coalition seeks to get 'Byrd' off University of Maryland's stadium

A group of University of Maryland, College Park students has launched a campaign to change the name of the school's football stadium, arguing it is named after a man with racist and segregationist beliefs. Byrd Stadium's namesake is former university President H.C. "Curley" Byrd. He served as the university's president for nearly two decades until 1954 and also ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor. Byrd supported "separate but equal" racial segregation. Among those leading the efforts for the stadium name change is a College Park student who bears the same name — Colin Byrd, 22, of Greenbelt. The senior, who is African-American, has no relation...

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