The Black Student Movement held a demonstration Friday afternoon in support of Nikole Hannah-Jones after she was not offered a tenured position at UNC.
The event was scheduled to occur outside of the South Building, but was moved to the tent outside of Wilson Library due to inclement weather. Over 200 people attended, most of whom were in the tent, but some also gathered outside of it.
The demonstration occurred four days after Nikole Hannah-Jones’s legal team wrote a letter saying she would not become a member of the UNC faculty without tenure.
Throughout the event, demonstrators stomped on the raised platform, shouted “mic check,” and “no justice, no peace,” in support of what the various speakers said. One sign brought by a demonstrator read “Hussman Alumni We Stand With #NikoleHannahJones.”
Leaders of BSM read a list of 13 demands for Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, which are:
- Permanent memorial for James Cates
- No UNC police at resident hall move-in
- Alert Carolina be used when dangerous white supremacists are on campus
- No aid be given to white supremacists on campus
- Increased funding for CAPS
- More BIPOC representation in CAPS
- Better signage for Unsung Founders Memorial
- Change name of Battle Hall
- Reporting system for incidents in the dining hall
- More diversity at the Carolina Women's Center
- Do not replace Gloria Thomas, director of CWC who's leaving the center, with a white woman
- Revise the mandatory UNC sexual assault training
- Make the process of grade appeals more transparent
Taliajah Vann, president of BSM, said she doesn't fully trust everything that UNC administration says.
“You are not interested in action, you have not been interested in action for decades,” she said.
BSM also provided a list of demands for the Board of Trustees: