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Shibley: UNC should recommit to First Amendment

October 17, 2010

In 1963, the North Carolina legislature enacted a now-infamous "speaker ban" preventing known members of the Communist Party (or those who had pleaded the Fifth Amendment when asked if they were members) from speaking at state colleges and universities. The ban was finally overturned by a federal court in 1968 after years of student, faculty and administrative opposition to the restrictions, striking a well-deserved blow against the idea that some thoughts are simply too dangerous to express on a university campus...

Schools: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill