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William F. Buckley Roils Student Convention over Remarks on Africa

Aug. 22, 1961 - The annual convention of the National Student Association in Madison, Wis., was stirred today by controversy over the race issue and African nationalism. A speech last night by William F. Buckley Jr., the ultra-conservative editor and author, started the controversy. In his speech, Mr. Buckley declared that it was impossible to equate the lofty level of the deliberations of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson with those of Patrice Lumumba, Joseph Mobutu, "and other semi-savages of the Congo." Four foreign students made a vehement formal protest, saying they were "confounded and shocked" by what they asserted was Mr. Buckley's "unabashed manifestation of the worst colonialist and racist mentality."

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