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Autherine J. Lucy, the University’s first black student, attended her first class on February 3, 1956, and was suspended three days later “for her own safety” in response to threats from a mob consisting of both University students and non-students from the surrounding community.

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.