Greensboro Justice Fund exhibit opens at Du Bois Library
The exhibit, “Waging Change: The Greensboro Justice Fund,” is on display through Jan. 11 in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 25th floor of the Du Bois Library.
A public reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. The reception will feature speakers Marty Nathan, former director of the Greensboro Justice Fund, and Rev. Nelson Johnso, executive director of the Beloved Community Center, Greensboro, N.C.
On Nov. 3, 1979, five activists were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan at an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, N.C. 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 of the 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 fund in supporting social justice at the grassroots. The group's records have been donated to the Libraries.