North Central College - Naperville, IL

150 Moments: Students hold protests in 1946 to lift ban on dancing

North Central College students ask trustees to lift dancing ban, then hold formal protest, including missing classes and dancing outside Old Main.

From the establishment of the College through the 19th century, social dancing at North Central College was viewed as a gateway to sin.

By the mid-20th century, students increasingly sought social change on campus to allow social dancing at North Central, signaling a deviation from traditional culture to a forward-minded collegiate culture. A student poll showed 70 percent of the students favored dancing.

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