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Antiwar Demonstration, May 17, 1970, after the Kent State shootings

During the fall of 1969, attention shifted to the war in Vietnam. At Chapel Hill, students and faculty alike demonstrated their disapproval of the war, but the campus remained relatively quiet compared to the tumult surrounding the food workers' strike. Even during the most heated moments of national protest, classes at Chapel Hill continued, and police stayed off campus.