BUFORD BOONE: In your now famous editorial you posed the question: “What is the answer to a mob?” By the example of a personal appearance at public meetings when violence threatened you gave added eloquence to your answer: “It lies in firm, decisive action.”

Winner of the George Washington Medal of Freedom’s Foundation for an Independence Day editorial in 1956 and recipient in 1957 of the Pulitzer Prize for what the committee called your “fearless and reasoned editorials in a community inflamed by the segregation issue,” you have achieved national prominence as a Southerner who knows how faithful are the wounds of a friend and an American who demands liberty and justice for all. Recognizing your membership in a great tradition and your contribution to a great cause, Colby College honors you as a great journalist and names you Elijah Parish Lovejoy Fellow of the current year.

By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, BUFORD BOONE, the degree of DOCTOR OF LAWS, honoris causa. The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma which I place in your hand are the visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.