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225 years of Tar Heels: Bill Friday

, who passed away on University Day 2012 at age 92, served as president of the UNC System for 30 years. Friday remarked that the University of North Carolina was “the beating heart of the state itself.” A fierce defender of free speech, civil rights and academic freedom, Friday dedicated his life to serving the people of North Carolina. (

Historical marker planned for Franklin Street to honor 'Chapel Hill 9'

The Town of Chapel Hill has dedicated a site for an historical marker recognizing the Chapel Hill 9. The Chapel Hill 9 was a group of young men from Chapel Hill's all-black Lincoln High School that held a sit-in at Colonial Drug Store on Feb. 28, 1960. The marker will be installed in 2020, the 60th anniversary of the event. Thursday the town unveiled a rendering of the marker. (ABC 11)

225 years of Tar Heels: Harvey Beech, James Lassiter, J. Kenneth Lee, Floyd McKissick, James Walker

In 1951, five African-American students enrolled in UNC’s School of Law, effectively desegregating UNC. The students were Harvey Beech, James Lassiter, J. Kenneth Lee, Floyd McKissick and James Robert Walker. By the mid-1950s, black students were admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences. Today, the UNC GAA recognizes them with awards in their names. (

UNC doctor travels thousands of miles to perform lifesaving surgeries

A local doctor is taking her mission of healing 8,000 miles across world. When Dr. Carolyn Quinsey isn’t walking the halls or operating at UNC Children’s Hospital, she’s taking her experience and expertise to the African country of Malawi where, for the last four years, she has performed much needed and, in some cases, lifesaving neurosurgeries. (

225 years of Tar Heels: Julius Chambers

From 1993 to 2001, served as the chancellor of North Carolina Central University. In the early 2000s, Chambers returned to UNC to direct the Center for Civil Rights, which challenged the inequalities facing minorities and low-income communities. During his time at the center, Chambers shaped the careers of many young civil rights attorneys. (

Grammy winner and folklorist Bill Ferris documents lives well-lived

William Ferris has put out countless books, films and articles over the past five decades, all of them widely acclaimed. But every item on his resume moved down a notch earlier this month, when he won a Grammy Award. The honor came for his career-spanning 2018 box set, “Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

225 years of Tar Heels: Albert and Gladys Coates

Today the UNC School of Government is one of the foremost university-based governmental training and research organizations in the country. But before it could become the world-renowned organization it is today, it was a seed in the minds of founders Albert and Gladys Coates. They founded the Institute of Government in the early 1930s. (

$27.68 million gift to UNC School of Dentistry will enhance education, advance public service

The bequest from the estate of Dr. Claude A. Adams III of Durham is the largest single donation to the UNC School of Dentistry. Adams, who died in 2018, practiced dentistry in Durham for almost. To commemorate the donation, the school has been renamed the UNC Claude A. Adams Jr. and Grace Phillips Adams School of Dentistry in honor of his parents. (

UNC alum, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford to deliver Spring Commencement address

In 2003, Jonathan T.M. Reckford had been a successful executive at some of the nation’s major corporations when he felt a calling to serve others in a deeper way. He left the corporate world behind to become a pastor and now leads the world’s foremost global nonprofit housing organization. The Habitat for Humanity CEO will deliver UNC's Commencement address. (

How Carolina Blue evolved from a debating team color to a school icon

Long before Carolina Blue evoked thoughts of Kenan Stadium and the Smith Center, the school color originated with a campus debate society. The Dialectic Society, now half of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, started the tradition when it decided to put light blue ribbons on its diplomas. Two centuries later, the color is trademarked and part of the campus landscape. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina launches new scholarship fund for military-affiliated students

A $2 million donation from the UNC General Alumni Association will establish an endowed scholarship fund to help military-affiliated students graduate from Carolina debt-free. This gift contributes to the Red White and Carolina Blue Challenge set by Debbie and Steve Vetter. The Vetters challenged the UNC community to match their $20 million donation. (

Meet the UNC student who went to the Olympic Trials for Judo

Linkin Park blared through his headphones as he paced the gym floor. His hands, clammy with sweat, fiddled with the black belt. He took a deep breath. This was Brandon Kelly’s ritual before every match, but this wasn’t any Judo match. This was the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials. Kelly tried to block out the noises around him. He needed a clear head when he took the mat. (Daily Tar Heel)
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