Letter from James E. Poindexter to Governor Dan K. Moore, 5 June 1965


June 5, 1965

Governor Dan K. Moore

Raleigh, North Carolina

Dear Governor Moores

I want to express to you my deep disappointment that the General Assembly under your leadership has not rescinded or modified the Speaker Ban Law, a measure which the faculty of East Carolina College has virtually unanimously condemned. To maintain this law bespeaks a failure to understand the crucial Importance in our educational system of freedom of speech and inquiry. I am therefore deeply concerned over the future health of our system of higher education, which in the past has been so justly admired by the nation.

I hope that the study commission which you propose to establish will quickly act to help us regain the freedom which we have lost. I am sure that our faculty will be glad to cooperate with the commission to attain this and.


James E. Poindexter

Chairman of the Faculty

East Carolina College

Letter from James E. Poindexter to Governor Dan K. Moore, 5 June 1965
Letter expressing James E. Poindexter's frustration regarding the Speaker Ban Law to Gov. Dan K. Moore. Poindexter was Chairman of the Faculty at ECC. Letter is marked "copy" at the top. North Carolina’s Speaker Ban Law was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly on June 26, 1963. Essentially, it forbade anyone to speak on any University of North Carolina campus with known ties to the Communist Party or any subversive groups advocating overthrow of the U.S. Constitution.
June 05, 1965
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21cm x 27cm
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Joyner NC Rare
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