Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

Wendell B. Phillips, Jr., a World War II Army veteran, was very popular with FJC students. So many of his supporters showed up at the December 18, 1961 hearing that many were forced to stand outside the District Center. The hearing was interrupted several times by the unruly crowd outside. Phillips contested his dismissal, and as his case worked through the legal system, he went on a speaking tour of Eastern universities. The decision to dismiss Phillips and the accompanying hysteria did little to help Fullerton Junior College’s reputation, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) went so far as to assail the Dilworth Act, adopting a resolution on the 1962 convention floor opposing “dismissal or penalization of teachers who refuse to inform on political beliefs to their colleagues.” Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Phillips eventually won his case in 1965, but the Trustees refused to reinstate him as an instructor, offering him instead a $15,000 settlement.
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