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Anger, Shock, Hopelessness, Fear Expressed; Some Distrust Justice

Date: November 19, 1980

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This November 19, 1980 Greensboro Daily News article reports on the community reaction to the not guilty verdict in the Klan/Nazis trial regarding the murders of five Communist Workers Party members at the Death to the Klan march in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 3, 1979. Residents of Morningside Homes—the housing development where the violence occurred—expressed shock and anger over the verdict and a feeling of hopelessness regarding the judicial system and the Ku Klux Klan. At nearby North Carolina A&T State University, students expressed outrage over the outcome, while the National Anti-Klan Network in downtown Greensboro called for further investigation into the crimes. Meanwhile, in Raleigh, Nazi Party Leader Harold Covington applauded the verdict and announced his plans to “create a 'Carolina Free State' in the Carolinas, free of non-white people, a home for racists.” He said his organization planned to work peacefully, but would defend themselves if attacked.

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook about the twentieth anniversary of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the sit-ins.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1069

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