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Chancellor Blackwell's speech to WCUNC students regarding the Greensboro sit-ins

Date: February 9, 1960

Author: Gordon Williams Blackwell

Biographical/Historical abstract: Gordon Williams Blackwell (1911-2004) served as Chancellor of Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (WCUNC, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) from 1957 to 1960.

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Description: This four-page speech by Chancellor Gordon William Blackwell was delivered on February 9, 1960 and addresses Blackwell's concerns about WCUNC student involvement in the sit-ins that began the previous week. Blackwell states that the sit-ins were a bad idea and that student participation resulted in a negative perception of the university by some members of the community. He also mentions the “threat of violence” and suggests that student participation may have inflamed the issue. Blackwell closes by encouraging students not to participate in any public demonstration over the issue.

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Format of original: Speech

Collection: Chancellor Gordon William Blackwell Records

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.8.246

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