Leonard Posey, Inaugural Luncheon Address, 1976


Leonard Posey, Inaugural Luncheon Address, 1976


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Leonard Posey was elected as the first African American Student Body President of Eastern Michigan University in 1975. During his presidency, Posey caught flack from several minority student groups who charged that he was unfair in allocating the $18,000 in student assessment fees. He drew the fire of administrators who thought he was too critical of the controversial inauguration plans for University President James Brickley. In this address, Posey welcomes newly-elected EMU President James Brickley to his new post, and also sheds light on the late student unrest on campus, and the need for a university president to be adaptable to changing societal norms.

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Leonard Posey, James Brickley, Eastern Michigan University, student demonstrations, student government

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Leonard Posey, Inaugural Luncheon Address, 1976