Dorm Will Be Named For Slave Poet Horton T he South Campus dorm adjacent o Hinton James will be named for a 19th-century slave whose sideline as a writer of poetry earned him several superlatives and a notable place in Car- olina's past. George Moses Horton was the first African-American to publish a book in the South, the first slave to protest his condition in print, the only slave to earn an income from writing and the only poet whose first published work preceded his ability to write. A slave on a Chatham COlU1ty farm, Horton was allowed at times to leave on his own, and he regularly walked the eight miles to Chapel Hill, where he made money by writing acrostics for students to give to their sweethearts. He is said to have been a drinking pal of students while also an object of their ridicule. Before he could write he composed poems in his head. Later, he learned to write from reading old spelling books and the New Testament. Horton spent time on the campus over a 30-year period; by 1830, he was able to live in town, hiring himself out as a laborer. Former Provost Dick Richardson, who chairs the Committee on NanUng Univer- sity Facilities and Progran1s, recommended Horton for the honor, writing that "occa- sionally, we have the OPPOrtluTIty to nan1e something for a deserving figure outside the mainstream." Campus buildings of the modern era typically are nan1ed for major financial donors. Dorms offer the opportu- nity to step outside that pattern because they are built with self-liquidating bonds, not private money. The dorm to be named for Horton, now known as HintonJames North, is one of four that opened in 2002. The one south of Morrison will be named for former Chancellor Paul Hardin. Ehringhaus South and Craige North remain unnamed, as do the five apartment-style dOrIUS now under construction. Richardson had letters of support from Trudier Harris,]. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English; Archie Ervin, associate provost for diversity and multicultural affairs; and William Andrews ' 70 (MA), E. Maynard Adams Professor of English. The UNC trustees approved the naming on March 23. Horton's first collection ofpoetry, The Hope if Liberty, was published by Joseph Gales, editor of the Raleigh Register. With the support ofstudents and others at the University, Horton later published The Poet- ical Works if George M. Horton, the Colored Bard if North-Carolina. The UNC Press' publication of The Black Bard if North Car- olina: George Moses Horton and His Poetry is the first modern collection of his work. As his reputation grew, Horton tried to get UNC President David Swain to hire him away from his Chatham County mas- ter so he could stay in Chapel Hill, but Swain declined. Horton is believed to have spent his last years in the northern United States afrer he befriended a Union cavalry officer who came through Chapel Hill near the end of the Civil War.
Carolina's Hispanic Students Join Rallies for Immigrants
Mhave thousands of in111ugrants and their sup- porters - from Adanta to Los Angeles - embers of the student-run Carolina Hispanic
Association nUrrored advocates across the nation on
April 10 as they led students and community members
in a rally for inmUgrant rights. They marched wearing
white T-shirts and carrying An1erican flags for the
National Day of Action for Il11l1ugrant Justice.
The association, known as CHispA, promotes mul-ticulturalism on campus and celebrates Hispanic cul-
ture. It began rallying support days in advance of the
march with e-mail messages sent to course listservs and
arU10uncements in classes. They urged students to take
a stand against "unjust in111ugrant policies" then under
consideration in Congress.
Those policies included a bill already passed by the
U.S. House that would make assisting undocumented
immigrants a felony. Some members of Congress also
had called for stiffer border controls - including a
700-mile wall between the United States and Mexico.
"It's not just an issue of undocumented in111ugrants,
it's not about that - it's about how our society is
treating human beings that are here to work and be
productive members of our society;' said CHispA
President Elizabeth Linzan, a sophomore from Charlotte.
"So many immigrants are working in our own dining
room halls, Student Union, building the buildings we're
getting educated in."
On April 7, about
20 students, faculty
and University em-
ployees met in front
of South Building.
through the building
and across the Polk
Place lawn chanting,
this nation." In two
hours they handed
out 1,000 buttons reading I love immigrants and Yo amo
inmigrantes in the Pit.
On April 10, as protesters gathered across the
nation, CHispA led a larger group to the Pit, then to
Franklin Street and back three times, drawing more
than 75 students and community members. CHispA
rented two vans to transport marchers to a rally of
about 3,000 people that evening in Siler City.
Senior Katie Shields of Chapel Hill, who isn't a
member of CHispA,joined the group at the Siler City
She watched as undocumented in111ugrants, who
usually try to ''just blend in," stood up and called for
Students join an
immigration rally in
the Pit on April 10.
led marchers to
Franklin Street and
back three times.
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