On the last day of class, students with The Real Silent Sam Coalition hung a banner over Saunders Hall that read "Hurston Hall" with an image of Zora Neale Hurston in the center.
Students of color, many from The Real Silent Sam Coalition and #NotSafeUNC, organized their own last day of class celebration on the quad. The People of Color Takeover of the Quad recognized a year's worth of organizing around issues affecting people of color on campus, including the campaign to rename Hurston Hall.
"It's about coming together and celebrating activism at the end of the semester by reclaiming a space on campus where it's typically a very white-dominated space," said Nicole Fauster, who participated in the #NotSafeUNC campaign.
During an open mic portion, students and faculty shared their thoughts on racism, freedom of speech and the campus climate.
"People have been misconstruing it as a protest," said Mars Earle, who writes for Siren. "I find it really funny that it's automatically a protest just because it's people of color discussing political issues through some poems and people talking. These are heavy things, sure, but we carry these things on a daily basis, and we love each other so much that we're still able to make this space fun and celebrate the fact that we're here, we're alive, and so many of us are graduating. So we're just having a party."