AYCOCK AND THE SPEAKER BAN
New Documentary Film Explores the Speaker Ban
The Speaker Ban Law has been revisited in detail in a documentary fihn made by conmmnication studies Professor Gorham Kindem.
Kindem looked back at the tumult raised on the campus in
current interviews with many of the principals, including for-
mer Chancellor Willian1Aycock ' 37; then-UNC System Pres-
ident Willian1 Friday' 48 (LLB); Jerry Carr and Gary Waller
' 66 (MA), who were involved with Students for a Democratic
Society; former UNC law Professor Dan Pollitt;Jan1es Med-
ford ' 67, who was director of the Campus Y; former Duke
University President Douglas Knight; Dunn Daily Record
Publisher Hoover Adams, a close associate of then-TV com-
mentator Jesse Hehns; and other UNC faculty members and
students of that era.
The 65-minute documentary, Beyond the Wall, traces the
law from its genesis in civil rights demonstrations in Raleigh
through the lawsuit that effectively ended it. While Friday and
Aycock assert that they did all they could to get the law over-
turned as University administrators, Carr and Waller make it
clear they believe it could have been accomplished sooner if
the leaders had done more; Carr at one point says that free
speech is worth risking the loss of one's job.
A DVD of the film can be purchased through
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