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North Carolina Advisory Committee on Civil Rights
The North Carolina Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was established in 1957 by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and was chaired in its early years by Greensboro native McNeill Smith. The Advisory Committee's primarily responsibilities were to gather information through studies and other fact-finding activities, and to advise the U.S. Commission, president, and Congress on matters of statewide significance and local incidents under investigation. The committee investigated the 1969 Dudley High/A&T State University protests and the 1979 Death to the Klan march, both of which happened in Greensboro and ended with violence and fatalities.