The case was no different on this day — and the next day — in NC State history in 1974, when students helped organize a two-day protest on campus that served as a vocal condemnation of capital punishment.
The Rev. Leon White, a representative of the Commission for Racial Justice, spoke at the rally and characterized the death penalty as a violation of civil rights. He also underscored its negative impact particularly on minority communities.
“White cited North Carolina as having three-fourths of the inmates presently on death row in the nation incarcerated within its prison walls,” reported a Feb. 8, 1974, edition of the Technician.
White, students and professors had to somewhat struggle to be heard on the first day of the rally, when there was no public address system available for use. But on the second day, two students provided an amp and a microphone.