Posted on February 23, 2022

NC State Removes the Word ‘Dixie’ from Its Alma Mater

Kate Murphy, News & Observer, February 19, 2022

NC State University has removed the word “Dixie” from its alma mater, replacing it with the word “Southern” in the first line of the song.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the change following concern from students, faculty, staff and alumni who see it as contrary to NC State’s vision, values and goals. The term is tied to the Confederacy and slavery because it was an anthem for the Confederate army.

“Making this change is simply the right thing to do,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement.


He said the university has “a responsibility to continually educate ourselves and those who pass through our doors to unite against intolerance, model inclusivity, and advance the dignity and power of diversity.”