Document Description: The University System struggled through the 1970s and into the mid-1980s to meet federal mandates from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare’s Office for Civil Rights (HEW-OCR) to comply with desegregation policies, which would require, among many policy mandates, that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill increase Black student enrollment to 10.6%. Despite reports that the University was working enact federal policy with “good faith efforts,” they failed to meet the mandate by the 1986 deadline by almost 3%. After witnessing the University’s negation of mediation towards a desegregation plan, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, who had been refused admittance to the University in 1938 and forty years later, been offered an honorary doctorate at the University for her contributions to human rights, refused to receive the conciliatory honorary degree.
Creator: Pauli Murray
Document Type: Correspondence
Campus Space: South Campus
Citation: Letter from Pauli Murray to Nelson Ferebee Taylor, 16 April 1978 in the Office of Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Nelson Ferebee Taylor Records #40023, University Archives, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.