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The Speaker Ban Law at Carolina

On June 25, 1963, the North Carolina General Assembly passed "An Act to Regulate Visiting Speakers at State Supported Colleges and Universities," otherwise known as the Speaker Ban Law. This exhibit traces the history of the Speaker Ban Law and the efforts of UNC students, administrators, and faculty to fight this law and preserve freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry.

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  1. An Act to Regulate Visiting Speakers at State Supported Colleges and Universities
  2. The Reaction
  3. The Public Responds
  4. UNC Responds
  5. The Accreditation Threat
  6. The Britt Commission
  7. President William C. Friday testifies at the Britt Commission
  8. Paul Dickson testifies at the Britt Commission
  9. The Britt Commission Issues Recommendations
  10. Students for a Democratic Society
  11. Students Mobilize
  12. Response to the Invitations of Frank Wilkinson and Herbert Aptheker
  13. Committee for Free Inquiry
  14. The Board of Trustees Makes a Decision
  15. Prelude to Legal Action
  16. Frank Wilkinson Speaks from Behind the Wall
  17. Herbert Aptheker Is Thrown off Campus
  18. Response to Dickson's Involvement
  19. One Final Effort
  20. The Court Case
  21. The Speaker Ban Law Is Overturned
  22. The Speaker Ban Marker

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