Lenoir Hall and Manning Hall

Ashley Davis on the importance of UNC-Chapel Hill for social movements across North Carolina

Excerpt Description: Ashley Davis states the importance of UNC-Chapel Hill in movement-making across North Carolina because of its status as the state’s flagship institution.

Interviewee Name: Ashley Davis

Interviewer: Russ Rymer

Excerpt Transcript: “Black people at other schools, at other white schools–UNC-G and others, Charlotte, anyway, have joked with us about this. The point is, you can do stuff on other campuses in North Carolina, but see, when you do it on UNC’s campus, that is bad, because what that says is, if you can do it in Chapel Hill, you can do it in Raleigh, you can do it in Greensboro, you can do it here, you can do it there. So I think this is the way that these people in Raleigh understand that. And this was my point earlier, you know, ‘We’re not going to let them do it in Chapel Hill.'”

Organization: Black Student Movement

Excerpt Length: 0:29

Interview Date: 4/12/1974

Interview Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Campus Space: Lenoir Hall and Manning Hall

Citation: Interview with Ashley Davis by Russ Rymer, 12 April 1974, E-0062 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.