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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


April 19, 1963
After being denied an opportunity to speak in Durham, Malcolm X visited the University's campus and participated in a public meeting with Durham lawyer Floyd McKissick. A crowd of approximately 1600 attended the event at Memorial Hall.
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May 3, 1963
The organizational meeting of the Committee for Open Business (COB) was held at the St. Joseph A. M. E. Church on Chapel Hill's West Rosemary Street. Organized by University student Pat Cusick, who also chaired the Student Peach Union, the multi-racial group of students, townspeople, and University faculty and staff picketed local businesses that refused to serve African Americans.
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June 25, 1963
Just before the end of its current session, the General Assembly voted on and passed the controversial Speaker Ban Law.
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June 26, 1963
Following its hurried push through last days of the General Assembly session, the Speaker Ban Law was enrolled.
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July 4, 1963
This day’s Daily Tar Heel issue contains the headline, “UNC to get Phone Number.” As a part of the new “Centrex System,” the University received its first phone number for the University as a whole—not just departments and other units.
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December 5, 1963
Former professor and dean of the School of Law Maurice Taylor Van Hecke died in Chapel Hill.
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December 6, 1963
Archibald Henderson, Kenan Professor of Mathematics and campus historian, died in Chapel Hill.
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