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Herbert Aptheker Is Thrown off Campus

On March 9, 1966, Herbert Aptheker attempted to speak on campus but was confronted by Chief Beaumont, who told him that he would be breaking the law if he tried to speak on campus. After a brief exchange between Beaumont and Aptheker, Dickson directed Aptheker and the students to proceed to the wall just as Wilkinson had done a few days earlier. An arrest was avoided, but Chief Beaumont's refusal to allow Aptheker to speak on campus set the stage for the upcoming legal challenge.