North Carolina Speaker Ban Collection
Scope and Contents
- 1965 - 1988
- Adams, Charles M. (Charles Marshall) (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
Many students and faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) opposed the speaker ban law. They invited Herbert Aptheker (an outspoken, self-described communist) and Frank Wilkinson (a well-known critic of the House Un-American Activities Committee) to speak on their campus.
UNC-CH Chancellor Joseph Carlyle ("Lyle") Sitterson denied the students' request to allow Aptheker and Wilkinson to speak on campus. This denial was used as the basis for a lawsuit that resulted in a U.S. District Court in Greensboro, North Carolina overturning the speaker ban law in 1968.
1.50 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The North Carolina Speaker Ban Collection dates from 1965 to1988 and contains depositions, exhibits, testimonies and other documents from judicial hearings.
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