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‘It’s important they understand:’ Leaders in Silent Sam reversal aim to educate next generation
(Daily Tarheel) This fall brings the first academic year that a full campus of undergraduate students will have never walked past the Silent Sam statue.
A group of student and community activists toppled the confederate statue in August 2018, and it was then removed from campus.
The UNC System entered into a $2.5 million settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans in November 2019 over possession of the statue. That February, following community opposition, the settlement was ruled void.
A student-faculty group represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a group of UNC alumni and donors each filed an amicus brief in favor of overturning the settlement. Some of the Black Pioneers — a group who graduated from UNC during the Civil Rights Movement — were also on the alumni-donor amicus brief.
Some community members involved in the settlement reversal gathered this past week to reflect on the case and to examine the impacts of Silent Sam at the University. …Read the rest