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High noon shoot-out in Greensboro

Date: November 11, 1979

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This November 11, 1979 Greensboro Daily News article culls reports from other newspapers on the murders of five Communist Workers Party (CWP) members at a Death to the Klan march in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 3, 1979. An article from the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot criticizes the Greensboro Police Department for not showing presence at the demonstration and claims CWP member Nelson Johnson sought a confrontation for recognition. An article from The Raleigh News and Observer claims the event involved only extremists and outsiders, and calls for improved law enforcement response.

An article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch argues that extremists, not the Greensboro Police Department or the city's social climate, are to blame for the violence. An article from The Charlotte Observer claims the Communist Workers Party is partially to blame for the violence of November 3rd. It argues that the CWP made police protection difficult, and police would have potentially faced violence if they were visibly present at the event.

An article from The Hickory Daily Record says that those involved in the November 3rd events committed criminal acts and that their extremist views do not represent a threat to North Carolina. An article from The Washington Star claims that no city “has done a better job of keeping the racial peace” than Greensboro. It also point out that those involved in the violence were outsiders to the city, and that the incidents of November 3 should not be seen as “proper exercise of First Amendment rights.” An article from The New York Times asserts that those involved in the November 3rd event were from fringe groups, and that the Greensboro Police Department did not properly protect the marchers.

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#: 1.4.1071

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