Smith Student Activities Center (Dean Dome)

During the height of the Black Cultural Center movement in September 1992, the filmmaker Spike Lee, along with Black nationalist leader Khalid Abdul Muhammad, spoke to over five thousand people in the Dean Smith Student Activities Center (more often referred to as the Dean Dome), urging more Black athletes to sit out games to advocate for a free-standing BCC. The Dean Dome, as the site of the Carolina Basketball Museum, is the only location on campus that commemorates the contributions of Black students to the University.

Deatherage, Russel, “UNC Students Rally for Cultural Center,” The Technician, 21 September 1992, Page 1.

Organization: BCC Movement

Space Use: Athletics

Date Created: 1986

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

Citation: Interview with Michelle Thomas by Charlotte Fryar, 26 December 2017, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.