1961 October 15

Hunter College Denies Permit to Conservative “National Review”; ACLU to Defend Magazine


Hunter College in New York City had sponsored a series of forums on social and political issues for several years. There were protests, however, against a forum featuring The National Review, a conservative magazine founded and edited by the prominent conservative William Buckley. The college president threatened to ban all non-college groups in the future if ordered to allow The National Review. The ACLU announced on this day that it would defend the free speech rights of conservative spokesperson Buckley and The National Review.

William Buckley became notorious when, in the early years of the AIDS crisis, he suggested that all gay man be tattooed on their buttocks. See March 18, 1986.

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