November 3 marked the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre, a little known tragedy that rocked the movement for racial and economic justice in the South. The Community of Living Traditions will commemorate this anniversary by watching the film "Greensboro: Closer to the Truth," directed by Adam Zucker. Members of the Stony Point Black Caucus will offer reflections and lead a discussion afterward. All are welcome; the event is free of charge.
On November 3, 1979, members of the Communist Workers Party were holding a Death to the Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. Suddenly a caravan rounded the corner, scattering the protesters. Klansmen and Nazis emerged from the cars, unloaded an arsenal of guns and began firing. Five people were killed in what became known as the Greensboro Massacre.
Greensboro: Closer to the Truth reconnects 25 years later with the players in this tragedy—widowed and wounded survivors, along with their attackers—and chronicles how their lives have evolved in the long aftermath of the killings. All converge when the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission ever held in the United States is convened in Greensboro from 2004-2006 to investigate the Massacre. As the Commission struggles to uncover what actually happened and why, the participants confront the truth of their past, and struggle with the possibility of hope and redemption.