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This Day In History
- 1931 Invited by playwright Paul Green and sociologist Guy B. Johnson, African-American poet Langston Hughes spoke and read from some of his works at Gerrard Hall. Police were present to discourage efforts to disrupt the event. For more information, see Hughes's description of of his visit, "Color at Chapel Hill" in "The Langston Hughes Reader" (1958).
- 1948 Thousands of people turned out to watch 28 cars and floats make their way down Franklin Street in the first Beat Dook Parade, sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The parade was an annual tradition on the weekend of the UNC-Duke football game through the early 1990s.
- 2004 Members of the Black Student Movement led the dedication of a new memorial marker for the African Americation section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
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Monthly Archives: March 2013
National Public Radio newscaster and radio personality Carl Kasell will be part of a free public program on April 16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Continue reading Continue reading
UNC’s men basketball team bowed out of the NCAA tournament over the weekend, but the UNC women’s team continues on its quest for a national championship this evening. With basketball season still in high gear, Hugh Morton collection volunteer Jack … Continue reading → Continue reading
In the autumn of 1851, William Waightstill Avery had it all. The grandson of Waightstill Avery, a member of the committee that chose the site of the University, W.W. Avery had been elected to the North Carolina General Assembly, was … Continue reading → Continue reading
“When I Was at UNC”: Preserving the Work and Legacy of Student Organizations through Documentation Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:30 p.m. Program | UNC Student Union Room 3201 Free and open to the public Information: Jay Gaidmore, UNC Archivist, email@example.com, (919) 962-6402 Student organizations have long been integral to the UNC experience, with more than … Continue reading Continue reading
It’s that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of college basketball fans huddle secretively with their notes on “bracketology.” The NCAA basketball championship tournaments broke onto the stage this week and, once again, the UNC men’s and women’s … Continue reading → Continue reading
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we here at University Archives can think of many women from the Carolina community to celebrate. There’s Cornelia Phillips Spencer, for example, who rang the bell in celebration of the university’s reopening in 1875. … Continue reading → Continue reading
Academics falls outside my usual hodgepodge of interests, but I couldn’t help noticing — hat tip, slate.com — the 2013 World Reputation Rankings published by Times Higher Education. According to the magazine, “The world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey [is intended] to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands…. […] Continue reading
Last month we did what so many do this time of year: We devoted our attention to college basketball. This month we turn our focus to another group of athletic students who are equally agile but far too often unsung: cheerleaders. This month we bring you not just one but three artifacts, all of them […] Continue reading
A new exhibition in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of Wilson Library explores the history of free speech controversies at UNC. Continue reading Continue reading
“It’s one thing to persuade hipsters in Portland, Ore., or Brooklyn to grow organic — hey, how cool is an artisan radish — in their rooftop gardens. It’s a much tougher push to get Big Ag, made up mostly of stubborn older men, to change its ways. “But imagine if a farmer led the cause […] Continue reading