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The 1979 Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today
October 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
“The 1979 Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today”
Tuesday, October 8, 4 – 5:30 PM “The 1979 Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today”, with Nelson & Joyce Johnson at New Africa House Theater, UMass, sponsored by UMass Afro-American Studies Department, History Department, and Resistance Studies Initiative.
Part of Western Mass Commemoration of the Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today, with Rev. Nelson and Dr. Joyce Johnson
On November 3, 1979, five radical young labor and community organizers were shot and killed and ten others injured by Ku Klux Klansmen and American neo-Nazis who drove into a peaceful group of men, women and children preparing for an anti-Klan march in a Black neighborhood in Greensboro, NC. Despite videotaped evidence of the killers shooting unarmed demonstrators, two separate all-white juries found the murderers not guilty. In 1985, in a historic verdict, a federal court found Klansmen, Nazis AND Greensboro Police responsible for the death of Dr. Mike Nathan.
The Greensboro Massacre embodies many of the issues of today: the rise of white supremacy, the collusion and support by officialdom of bigotry and its violence, the struggle of workers for decency and a living wage, and the desperate need for an empowering mass movement across race, ethnicity, gender, age and class to transform our country into one that is sustainable and just.
Dr. Joyce and Rev. Nelson Johnson, leaders of Greensboro’s Beloved Community Center and survivors of the Massacre, will visit Western Massachusetts October 5-8 and participate in a series of events focusing on “The Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today”.