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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Preston Dobbins, left, and Reggie Hawkins, right

After 1965, student protests focused on race relations and the war in Vietnam. Preston Dobbins and Reggie Hawkins founded Chapel Hill's Black Student Movement (BSM) in 1967. After the assassination of Martin Luther King in April 1968, the BSM burned several Confederate flags at a white fraternity house. Later that year, it presented demands to Chancellor J. Carlyle Sitterson for a stronger black presence on campus and for better treatment of the mostly black custodial and cafeteria workers.