The Common Good
February 2004

The Making of Southern Justice

by Rose Marie Berger, Brian Bolton | February 2004

Twenty-four years after the "Morningside Massacre" in Greensboro, North Carolina

Twenty-four years after the "Morningside Massacre" in Greensboro, North Carolina—in which five labor organizers were shot to death by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members—religious leaders including Rev. Nelson Johnson, one of those wounded in the melee, have organized the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project to publicly address the community’s trauma. The project—unique in the United States—is modeled after similar committees set up in post-apartheid South Africa and has the support of the International Center for Transitional Justice. The events of November 3, 1979, were captured on film, yet all-white state and federal juries acquitted the shooters.

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