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Students demand to rename UNC building named after KKK leader

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The academic building was named in 1922 after William Saunders. (WTVD)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — UNC students continue to demand the university rename a building on campus, named after a leader of the KKK, according to WTVD.

Monday’s rally outside Saunders Hall is one of many demonstration students say they’re going to organize until the name on the building comes down. Students wore nooses around their necks and held signs that read, “This is what Saunders would do to me.”

The academic building was named in 1922 after William Saunders. Saunders was a UNC graduate who went on to become N.C. Secretary of State.

In the late 1800’s Saunders was known in North Carolina as the chief leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Minority students and activists are demanding the building’s name be changed, arguing it does not reflect the university that prides itself on diversity.

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