Local and state NAACP members rallied to recruit students from the steps of South Building on Tuesday.
Nearly 100 students and activists attended the event, which featured speeches from leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
N.C. NAACP leaders said they chose South Building for its significance in UNC’s battle for desegregation. On Friday, UNC’s first three black undergraduate students returned for the 55th anniversary of their admission.
The UNC chapter of the NAACP rallied to encourage students to become politically engaged and aware of the opportunities for public service on a local and national level.
“Students often forget what is going on outside the campus,” said Brittany Edens, UNC’s NAACP chapter president. “Our goal is to make the campus more socially aware and to serve as an outlet for concerns.”