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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 9, 1968
Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck premiered his oratorio "The Light in the Wilderness" in Hill Hall.
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February 16, 1968
Following the slaying of three African Americans by police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the Black Student Movement staged a march and rally at the Franklin Street post office.
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February 19, 1968
The United States Fourth Circuit Court ruled against the Speaker Ban Law, which denied speaking privileges on state-supported campuses to any person who was a Communist Party member, advocated the overthrow of the United States government, or had pleaded the Fifth Amendment in regards to Communist activities.
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March 18, 1968
University students and faculty protested the campus visit of a job recruiter for Dow Chemical Company, the maker of napalm and herbicides used by the United States military in Vietnam. Fifteen protestors were arrested for attempting to block the entrance to Gardner Hall, where the recruiter was located.
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March 27, 1968
A three-day homecoming for Carolina Playmakers alumni/alumnae was held.
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April 9, 1968
Protesting what they believed was a lack of respect on the part of the University following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 90% of the University's African American workers walked off the job.
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September 26, 1968
University students formed a chapter of the Southern Student Organizing Committee, with 150 individuals attending its first meeting.
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November 21, 1968
In an event sponsored by the University’s Black Student Movement, Black Panther prime minister Stokely Carmichael spoke to a crowd of 6500 individuals at Carmichael Auditorium.
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