CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In its proposal for a new grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Citadel officials say the school has dealt with its share of "racially charged issues throughout its history."
It's part of the reason why the AACU selected The Citadel as one of 10 schools in the country to receive a $30,000 grant to start a TRHT, also known as a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus center.
The history of the downtown Charleston school is intertwined it with the history of the United States. Citadel alumni fought for the Confederacy of the Civil War and the school didn't admit its first black student until 12 years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the Supreme Court. It also played Dixie at home football games until the 1990s.
The Citadel's Board of Visitors recently voted to remove a Confederate flag in the school's chapel, but under the South Carolina Heritage Act, it requires a two-thirds majority vote in the state legislature to be removed. The school also created an office of multicultural student services back in the 1990s.
The grant, according to the AACU, is meant to empower people on campus to "break down racial hierarchies and a positive narrative about race in the community."
Part of the funding for the grant comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million in organizations working to heal racial divides in their communities.
In a three-step plan in the school's proposal, The Citadel says it plans to "address our own participation in the larger history of racism in America" and ensure the school curriculum is accurate and inclusive.