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6 The Tar Heel Thursday, August 4. 1977
Amti-wmr protest pmfesmir9s ' fimest k&mr
By AMY McCRARY
He doesn't look like the man who led
1 0.000 protestors to the Governor's Mansion
in a demonstration against the Vietnam
War. But he did. And he certainly doesn't
look a man almost set up as a conspirator by
the KGB, the Russian equivalent of the CIA.
But he says he nearly was.
I n fact. Professor Joel Schwartz, associate
chairperson of the UNC Political Science
Department, looks like what he has-been for
the past twelve years a teacher, A short
man with a dark complexion and a receding
hairline. Schwartz is a specialist on Soviet
government, having received degrees from
Harvard and Indiana.
But this teacher, a second generation
American, was not content to teach and then
return to his office in the late 60s when anti-
ar protests were at their height at UNC and
'hroughout the country.
"I had always believed Vietnam was the
worst moral outrage by the United States
against anyone, destroying Vietnam and
tearing American society apart," Schwartz
said. Because of his feelings, he campaigned
for Eugene McCarthy in the 1968
presidential election. But he became
involved in what he calls "my finest hour."
the "March on Raleigh" in 1969, quite by
"1 was walking to my office one day and
there were some radicals agitating near the
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Professor Joel Schwartz, associate chairman of the UNC Political
Science Department, has been called a radical by many people.
In 1969 he led a demonstration at the Governor's Mansion in
which a crowd of 10,000 protested the Vietnam War.
American flag pole in the Lower Quad. I
can't remember the exact day, because those
times seem so far away. But I do remember
they were saying irrational and violent things
like 'Let's take over South Building in
protest against the war!'
"1 took the microphone and told the
crowd, which had become pretty lively by
then, that if they wanted their opinions
heard, taking over South Building was the
wrong way. They would have to take their
ideas to prominent people for results, 1 said.
"Well." he continues. "I guess I asked for
it." Soon organizers of a protest came to
Schwartz and asked him to lead their rally,
which they called the "March on Raleigh"
(even though everyone actually drove to the
capital city). The. march was to protest a
telegram Gov. Bob Scott had sent .President
Nixon in behalf of.-the people of North
Carolina. The telegram had congratulated
Nixon on. the bombing of Cambodia,
. "I was to give this fire-and-brimstone
speech on the lawn of the Governor's.
Mansion while a delegation of people picked
from the protestors went in the mansion to
give Scott a petition against his action and
"So I. gave this rabble-rousing sermon for
about 20 minutes and suddenly the
microphone went dead!"
The state police protecting Scott had
pulled the microphone cord and whisked the
governor out the back before the delegation
got'tof see him.
It was a hot day in April and the crowd of
protestors from all over the state were
already angry. Soon people started talking
about seizing the. mansion in protest.
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