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They treated it as something that would hopefully go away,” said Seal.The division caused by the Civil Rights Movement affected everyone, even the most common Christian man. I saw more of a problem culturally, rather than racially,” said Harvey Hartman, professor of biblical studies at Liberty.

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Bob Jones University decided to change its opposition to interracial dating in 2000.

“People will twist scripture into all kinds of knots to match their political views.

Sarah Elkins and Kyree Featherman have been dating for one year. “I don’t think it was banned, but it wasn’t really encouraged.

As with all relationships, there have been some ups and downs that they have had to deal with. There were some people that did do it, but they did not make it well-known,” said Ralph Seal, a 1984 Liberty University alumni.

Jones said that although he had been averse to naming the school after himself, his friends overcame his reluctance "with the argument that the school would be called by that name because of my connection with it, and to attempt to give it any other name would confuse the people".

Bob Jones took no salary from the college and helped support the school with personal savings and income from his evangelistic campaigns. The Florida land boom had peaked in 1925, and a hurricane in September 1926 further reduced land values. Bob Jones College barely survived bankruptcy and its move to Cleveland, Tennessee in 1933.

Though he had served as Acting President as early as 1934, Jones' son, Bob Jones, Jr.

officially became the school's second president in 1947 just before the college moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and became Bob Jones University.

According to, 8.4% of all current marriages in the United States are interracial. However, Elkins attests that there is work that still needs to be done.

The college, with approximately 2,500 students, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

The university's athletic teams, the Bruins, compete in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

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