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An Open Letter to Joe Grady, Gorrell Pierce, and All KKK Members and Sympathizers

Date: October 22, 1979

Author: Workers Viewpoint Organization

Biographical/Historical abstract: See Communist Workers Party, U.S.A.

Additional contributor: Nelson N. Johnson

Description: This flyer, in the form of an open letter from Nelson Johnson of the Workers Viewpoint Organization (later known as the Communist Workers Party) to leaders of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) challenges KKK members to attend an Anti-Klan Conference to be held November 3, 1979, in Greensboro, NC. Johnson taunts the KKK, calling them “cowards” and “scum” and threatens physical violence. The Death to the Klan march associated with this conference was the site of violence as five members of the Workers Viewpoint/Communist Workers Party were shot and killed in the mayhem between protestors and members of the KKK and the American Nazi Party in what became known as the Greensboro Massacre.

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Format of original: Printed Materials

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1187

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