Saunders Hall

Students Seeking Historical Truth Speak Out Response from White Student

Document Description: The first student organization that formed around issues relating to the University’s history with racial injustice was Student Seeking Historical Truth (SSHT). On October 7, 1999, SSHT held a speak-out in the Pit, where they invited students to reflect on the history of the University and the ways in which it was memorialized on the campus landscape. Comments from white and Black students at the October 7th speak-out thanking members of SSHT for their research, validated the organization’s stated purpose to educate the University community. Their decoration of Saunders Hall also set an important precedent in making that building the focus of future efforts from student organizers to draw attention to the aspects of the University’s history visible in the names on the campus landscape.

Students Seeking Historical Truth

Date: 10/7/1999

Document Type: Video

Creator: John K. Chapman

Document Collection: John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

Campus Space: Saunders Hall

Citation: Saunders Hall Anti-Klan decoration, presentation, and speak-out, October 1999 in the John Kenyon Chapman Papers #5441, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.