Students donned orange in the Pit Thursday to protest the possible closing of the Center for Civil Rights.
UNC Black Congress organized the protest at noon. Over one hundred protesters started at the Pit and then moved to Silent Sam, chanting, "If you don't give us justice, we won't give you peace."
Director of the Center for Civil Rights and UNC law professor Ted Shaw said he attended to express his appreciation of students' support. Shaw said he's not feeling hopeful about the vote.
"The indications are that there's a very good chance that the Board of Governors is going to push through this ban on doing civil rights cases," he said. "I wish they would turn around and do the right thing, but that's in their hands."
Shaw said the University will lose more than just the opportunity for experiential learning in civil rights law.
"It will lose some integrity," he said. "It will lose its connection with the Center as it was created by Julius Chambers in honor of his legacy, and frankly I think it’s going to lose credibility in legal academia across the county."
"You know the country is watching this — people across the country are watching this, so it will lose a great deal."
Chancellor Carol Folt sent a letter to BOG member Anna Nelson, a supporter of the Center, saying the litigation ban would damage the University's reputation and harm law students.
"As educators, we strive to determine the best methods for teaching our students and ensuring our graduates are well prepared for the rigors of their chosen professions, and to address the pressing issues and opportunities of the time," she wrote.