Debriefing the truth and reconciliation process

by Jordan Green

The truth process continues from Thursday through Saturday, more than a month after the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its 600-page report about the 1979 Klan-Nazi shootings and disbanded.

‘“International and Local Lessons in Truth-Seeking,’” a gathering co-hosted by Greensboro’s Beloved Community Center and the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York, will bring truth commissioners in Greensboro together with representatives of truth-seeking efforts in Northern Ireland, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as representatives of other American truth-seeking efforts such as the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission.

Round-table discussions at Bennett College on Thursday and Friday will be by invitation only, and will deal with the challenges faced by the Greensboro truth commission; lessons for the United States from the comparative experiences of Northern Ireland, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka; truth-seeking efforts in the United States; and remedies for addressing past abuses.

A public event at NC A&T University’s Alumni Foundation Event Center will include a panel discussion about US and international truth-seeking efforts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a celebration of the Greensboro truth commission from 1 to 4 p.m.