Union Soldier Campaign
to march for immediate renaming of
UNC Tar Heels nickname to Rams
August 10, 2020 (Monday)
11:30am – UNC-Chapel Hill
WHO: Dressed in military fatigues, a battalion of 79 troops from the Union Soldier Campaign (and whoever else wants to join in) representing a cross-section of UNC students, faculty, employees and alumni.
WHAT: The Union Soldier Campaign will lead a peaceful march on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The Union Soldier Campaign is publicly petitioning the UNC Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors to immediately rename the Tar Heels nickname to Rams. This ‘Back to School’ event will feature prayer, speeches, and the playing of inspiring songs.
WHY: Tar Heel is an epithet adopted by Confederate soldiers who fought vigorously to maintain and expand slavery.
WHEN: 11:30am – Monday, August 10, 2020
WHERE: The 1.5 mile march will begin with a rally at UNC’s South Building and end at the UNC System Office on Raleigh Rd.
COVID-19: This march will follow CDC guidelines and ensure face coverings and social distancing.
Union Soldier Campaign responds to UNC Board of Trustees member regarding renaming Tar Heels to Rams
At the UNC Board of Trustees meeting on July 16, 2020, a UNC Trustees member defended the University’s nickname of Tar Heels from recent attacks on social media for being associated with Confederate soldiers. “I’m very proud to be a Tar Heel,” said Charles Duckett, University Affairs Committee Chair.
Statement by William Thorpe
Director, Union Soldier Campaign
Sunday, July 19th, 2020
Chapel Hill, NC
Sir, does your statement mean you are very proud to be an epithet adopted by Confederate soldiers who fought vigorously to maintain and expand slavery?
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
12:00pm – Bennett Place, Durham, NC – site of the largest surrender of Confederate troops of the Civil War
Thanks for supporting our efforts to
promote the values and ideals of America.
News and Observer coverage: July 14, 2020
Click here: CBS 17 Raleigh news coverage – Group calls for change to UNC’s ‘Tar Heels’ nickname – 7/14/20
Click here; News and Observer article: Does UNC’s ‘Tar Heels’ name celebrate the Confederacy? Some think it’s time for change – 7/14/20
DEDICATION: This special event was held in remembrance of all victims of racial violence by law enforcement officials or vigilantes.
Silent Sam video (satire) – Published September 10, 2018
The Union Soldier Campaign is a program of USA/UNC Walk for Health
Union Soldier Campaign theme song:
Convict The President by The Union Soldiers
(feat. William Thorpe)
For more information about the Union Soldier Campaign,
click here: Union Soldier Campaign