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attempted to speak, Campus Police Chief Ar
thur Beaumont ordered him off campus.
Wilkinson later spoke at the Hillel House
on Cameron Ave., and many students were
turned away from the meeting because of a
lack of room.
Sitterson denied speaking privileges to Ap
theker in a letter to the student leaders dat
ed March 4.
Shortly after noon on March 9, Dickson
and Aptheker walked onto the campus near
Graham Memorial amidst a large crowd of
students, and Aptheker attempted to speak
from the Confederate monument.
Beaumont threatened Aptheker with arrest
if he spoke and he further threatened Dick
son with an Honor Council trial for disobey
ing the Chancellor.
Aptheker later spoke over the Franklin
St. wall about the speaker ban law, but many
students could not hear him.
Aptheker was not given speaking privileg
es at many of the local churches, and final
ly was forced to speak that evening at the
Community Church, which is more than a
mile from campus.
All of the ten student leaders except Ernie
McCrary sent a letter to Sitterson Marh 14
suggesting two new dates for appearances by
Aptheker and Wilkinson, and the letter further
requested the Chancellor to recommend al
ternative dates if the two new ones proved
On March 31, Sitterson refused to approve
the second invitation and offered no alterna
"When I made a decision on March 2 in
reference to Messrs. Aptheker and Wilkinson
and for the reason then given, I had hoped
that the matter was closed for this academic
year," Sitterson's letter read in part
That same day in Greensboro, Dickson,
Powell, Nicholson, Greenbacker and Van
Loon signed and filed a complaint in Federal
District Court calling for interlocutory injunc
tion, permanent injunction and a declaratory
judgment on the speaker ban.
The plaintiffs' attorney is McNeill Smith
of the law firm Smith, Moore, Smith, Schell
and Hunter of Greensboro.
They also applied for a three-judge fed
eral court, and this application were accept
ed. Besides the ten plaintiffs already mention
ed, other plaintiffs are Aptheker, Wilkinson,
former student body vice president Henry N.
Patterson Jr., and John McSween.
The defendants were listed as Sitterson,
President Friday, the Board of Trustees of
the Consolidated University (which includes
Gov. Moore, who is chairman of the board)
and the Umversity of North Carolina.
The complaint -charges that the speaker
ban law and its amendments is a violation
of the First and Fourteenth Amendments oi
the U.S. Constitution, which provide for free
dom of speech and equal protection under the
Since the suit was filed, attorneys for the
defendants and the State Attorney General s
office have attempted, to have it dismissed,
and have charged that students did have the
opportunity to hear Aptheker and Wilkinson,
2ven though under special circumstances.
Many of the papers filed by the state have
hiMihIpH sprtions of the U. S. Code about the
nature of the "international Communist con
Attorneys for the defendants are current
ly taking the depositions of several "experts
on communism" to be issued as evidence in
the case. -
Among those "experts" are John Lautner,
an ex-American Communist Party function-
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