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most everybody else in the state was satis-
fied with what it already was.”
Friday believed deeply in the people
who occupied this Southern space and
time with him, especially those in small
towns leading earnest lives. He never for-
got the lessons of being a child of the
Depression, campaigning to bring
poverty’s realities to light as the chair of
the N.C. Poverty Project and the N.C.
Rural Economic Development Center and
through any speaking opportunity that
came his way.
Jack Betts ’ 68, longtime political
observer for North Carolina newspapers,
said in 2010: “He often seemed to be
everywhere, but he was always no further
away than a telephone, willing to talk
about state history, fully cognizant of the
state’s many needs and always enthusiastic
about the progress the state could make
through its various educational enterprises,
especially the university. He was a Univer-
sity president, but at heart he has always
been a teacher.”
Friday often was courted toward politi-
An editorial cartoon
reflected the wear
on Friday from the
battle, which he
called the most
trying time of his
fought the agency
in an effort to maintain control over the
system and to
ensure that the
would retain their
identities. After 11
years, UNC won.
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