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Speaker's Ban Marker Coming Soon

The wall on McCorkle Place - where the oldest part of campus and Franklin Street meet - will soon have a granite marker dedicated to those who fought to get the Speaker Ban Law repealed in the 1960s.

It's scheduled to be dedicated at the annual University Day celebration in October. 

The 1963 ban forbade anyone to speak on campuses of state-funded universities that were known to be a member of the Communist Party or had evoked the Fifth Amendment while being investigated for being a member of the party. 

UNC students, faculty, and community members fought the ban and in 1968 it was declared unconstitutional. 

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Bobby Funk