sided with the ban rather than Aycock. So the chancellor stepped up his speak- ing tour, carrying the case across the South. He flatly claimed "it would be far better to close the University than to let a cancer eat away at the spirit of inquiry and learning." He issued a national call as well: "Genera- tion after generation of [students] have gone forth from this campus to provide sound leadership throughout the length and breadth of this land. It is a pity so many have left for other places. We need them now" to defend the freedom of Carolina. This University had come far, he claimed, "short on cash, but long on freedom." Finally, he marched into the eye of the storm by testi£ Yi.ng before the Legislature's Britt Commission. (The Britt Commission was established by the Legislature to study statutes related to visiting speakers at state- supported educational institutions.) His appearance was carried statewide on TV and radio. Newspapers characterized it as, for instance, "UNC's Compelling Counter- attack." The Greensboro Daily News editori- alized, "With the skill of an expert lawyer Aycock picked [apart] the ban's most out- spoken advocates with subtle irony, quoting Jesse Helms on freedom of the press and citing [right wing diatribes] against Lyndon Johnson's 'socialist dictatorship' as speech that would be banned under the law." Helms responded the same night on his television program,"I accept Dr. Aycock's endorsement in the same spirit in which it was offered." There were, of course, further, vitally important chapters in this story. The Britt Commission concluded "the evidence before us fails to justify charges of irre- sponsible radicalism at Chapel Hill." Gov. Moore called the Legislature into special session and the Speaker Ban Law was amended, placing the authority to regulate "known Communist" speakers on the board of trustees. Accreditation pressures were, therefore, eased. The amended law became known as the "Little Speaker Ban." Tensions continued, however, and students picked up the cause. The Students for a Democratic Society chapter invited Frank Wilkinson and Herbert Aptheker to speak in Chapel Hill. (Aptheker was a conmm- nist, and Wilkinson had taken the Fifth Amendment over his opposition to the House U n-American Activities Commit- tee.) The trustees, under Gov. Moore's
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