South Building

South Building, home to the University’s administration, has been the site of dozens of student protests, rallies, and sit-ins over the decades. The plaza behind South Building which faces Polk Place has been a space in recent years for rallies and speak-outs, including those held by the Real Silent Sam Coalition, the BCC Movement, the On the Wake of Emancipation Campaign, and the Black Student Movement. The photograph depicts a protest led by members of the BSM on behalf of Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone, who had recently been denied tenure despite her strong academic record.

Students Protest Sonja Stone Tenure Decision Photograph, 30 November 1979 in the John Kenyon Chapman Papers #5441, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Organization: BCC Movement, Black Awareness Council, On the Wake of Emancipation, Real Silent Sam Coalition, Black Student Movement

Space Use: Administrative

Spatial Organizing Approach: Contestation

Date Created: 1814

Campus Space: Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, Saunders Hall

Citation: Interview with Chris Baumann by Charlotte Fryar, 22 December 2017, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.