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SGA official resigns

Date: April 9, 1973

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Description: These two letters to the editor of The Carolinian, the student newspaper of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), deal with the recent controversy surrounding the Neo Black Society, a student organization founded in 1968. In the first, Dena F. Squires, Executive Secretary of the Student Government Association (SGA) announces her resignation in protest of a decision by university administration to override SGA's decision regarding recognition of the Neo Black Society. Squires argues that Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson had no authority in the matter and that he had made a “mockery” of SGA. The second, by campus minister James Abbott, criticizes the extreme positions and discord caused by the controversy, including legal threats. The Student Government Association had voted on March 26, 1973 to reclassify (remove funding and recognition from) the Neo Black Society, based on allegations that the organization was discriminatory and possibly was in violation of an SGA prohibition against affiliations with political or religious 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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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Carolinian

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.3.882

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