These young women have had four years of very special space.... This has been special space. This has been safe space. But when they graduate, they will begin to deal on a daily basis, all day long, month after month, year after year, with the realities that still haunt our nation.
Johnnetta Betsch Cole (b. 1936), African American educator. As quoted in On Campus with Women, p. 1 (Spring 1993).
Cole was the President of Spelman College, a historically African American, all-women's college in Atlanta; she was referring to her students' college years in an institution that was, by its nature, virtually free of racism and sexism.