Truth commission wants small group discussions; hearings pushed back
The Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation Commission issued a public request on May 17 for small groups to hold independent discussions about its hearings on the issues surrounding the 1979 Klan/Nazi killings.
‘“We’re inviting groups in Greensboro such as church organizations or book groups to come to the public hearings and then host a discussion,’” said Chelsea Marshall, public hearings coordinator for the commission. ‘“This is much more hands-off from our perspective. We’re hoping groups will take the initiative on their own to host the discussions.’”
The small group discussions are an opportunity for people to participate beyond the more formal avenues of giving written statements or testifying before the commission.
‘“This offers an opportunity for those who are a little less engaged to also engage in dialogue,’” Marshall said. ‘“Practicing dialogue with people that you already trust and know leads to the type of dialogue that is really crucial to reconciliation.’”
The hearings themselves have been reorganized as the commission has struggled to get statements from a wide range of people and to reach an understanding of the dizzy array of factors that led to the bloodshed.
For the second time, the commission has pushed back the date of the first hearings. The hearings are also being consolidated from four to three over the summer.
Current plans call for hearings on July 15 and 16, Aug. 26 and 27 and Sept. 16 and 17. The commission originally scheduled its first hearing for May 20, then postponed it to June 27 and 28.
– Jordan Green