The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Greensboro Justice Fund: A Legacy,” in the Special Collections Reading Room, Floor 25, Du Bois Library. A reception will be held on November 2, 2012, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the same location. The reception is open to the public and will feature speakers Marty Nathan (former director, Greensboro Justice Fund) and Rev. Nelson Johnson (Executive Director, Beloved Community Center, Greensboro, N.C.).
On November 3, 1979, five activists were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan at an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. Although all-white juries acquitted the Klansmen of murder, a lawsuit in 1985 awarded more than $350,000 to the widow of victim, Michael Nathan. Born out of unthinkable violence, the Greensboro Justice Fund was established to educate the public about discrimination and discriminatory organizations, such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi Party, and to provide financial and legal support for families of the victims in their fight for justice. Over time, the focus of GJF expanded to include financial support for grassroots organizations of social change throughout the South.
This exhibit celebrates the opening of the Greensboro Justice Fund Records and will include selections from the collection that document the Greensboro Massacre, its aftermath, and the lasting role of the Greensboro Justice Fund in supporting social justice at the grassroots. The Records have been donated to the UMass Amherst Libraries.