Washington and Lee Will End Classes on King Day

January 6, 2015

Washington and Lee University will no longer hold classes on Martin Luther King Day, starting in 2016, The Washington Post reported. The undergraduate faculty voted in November to make the change and officials said that they would not be able to alter the academic calendar until 2016. Washington and Lee has faced criticism from some black students and others for holding classes on the federal holiday, but the university has also faced criticism for some traditionalists for efforts it has made to either limit or place in historical context Confederate symbols that have been revered by some alumni and students.

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