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February 12, 1973
This February 12, 1971, editorial from The Carolinian, the student newspaper of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), urges students to attend the upcoming Black Arts Festival held, sponsored by the UNCG Neo Black Society. The editorial is noteworthy because the same issue of The Carolinian contains the first article about attempts to decertify the Neo Black Society as a student organization. On March 26, 1973, the UNCG Student Government Association (SGA) had voted to reclassify (remove funding and recognition from) the Neo Black Society, stating that the organization was discriminatory and possibly was in violation of an SGA prohibition against affiliations with national organizations. The SGA decision was overturned by university administration on the basis of faulty evidence and improper procedure by SGA, resulting in an eventual legal filing by SGA members. At the beginning of the 1973-74 school year, the Neo Black Society was reinstated by SGA as a recognized and funded student organization after revising its constitution to reflect that membership was open to all students without regard to race.
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