Making Peace With History

Making Peace With History curriculum strives to (1)create greater awareness Nov. 3rd in Greensboro(2) provide a theoretical understanding of why such events tend to be overlooked in history, (3) introduce the Greensboro TRC, Rosewood Reparations Plan, and Wilmington Race Riot Commission as examples of how various communities have attempted to “Make Peace with History,” and (4) encourage further contemplation of these models’ application in future, present, and relevant contexts.


Democracy’s Denial: Revolution in Wilmington Link

Optional assignment for class #3

The link below will take you to a radio documentary about the Wilmington Race Riots. The suggested listening segment is #13 entitled Commemoration and Reconciliation. It is a community discussion among Wilmingtonians, some direct decendents of individuals involved in the race riots of 1898. Questions raised include: How can a community heal its wounds? Must reconciliation be based on facing unpleasant historical events, or can we put the past behind us?


Democracy Now GTRC Clip

"Remembering the 1979 Greensboro Massacre: 25 Years Later Survivors Form Country's First Truth and Reconciliation Commission"

Amy Goodman interviews Sally Bermanzohn and Rev. Nelson Johnson on Nov. 18th, 2004

Suggested Listening Notes: mins. 7:47-10:48 can be FF (fast forwarded) through.

88 Second in Greensboro, OMD Lyrics

88 Seconds In Greensboro
By OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)
From the Crush Album, 1989

88 seconds
Is all it takes
88 seconds
Don't make mistakes

We’ve seen you
We can see you

In red and blue
In black and white
Under crystal skies
In full daylight

You know it
God you know it

Is all it takes
In 88 seconds
We don’t make mistakes

We know you
Oh yes we have known you

Times are changing
But not in our street
Once we played there
Like the good times

You know it
God you know it

They’re heading for
A shallow grave
With a big black cross
By a tall white house
To a place down south
We won’t forget
To be stabbed in the back
By a man they met

In 88 seconds
In greensboro
88 seconds
In greensboro

In greensboro
Is all we take

The CD can be purchased, or a preview of the song can be heard on at the following link:

Pictures from GTRC Benefit Concert

Inspired by the work of the GTRC, Duke student band, Mr. Potter's Big News, held a benefit concert on April 14th, 2005 at Devines in Durham, N.C.
The event raised over $400 for the GTRC.
Mr. Potter's Big News: Dan Stevins, John Doherty, Zach Weisberg, Johnny Blades
Stephanie Vance

Dan Stevins, John Doherty, Zach Weisberg, Johnny Blades
Dan Stevins, Stephanie Vance, Zach Weisberg, John Doherty, Johnny Blades, and various concert goers


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