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Letter from Communist Workers Party

Date: December 23, 1979

Author: Communist Workers Party U.S.A.

Biographical/Historical abstract: The Communist Workers Party (CWP) was a Maoist group in the United States, active from 1979-1985, and mainly remembered for the "Greensboro Massacre," a November 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march in Greensboro that left five of the CWP protesters dead.

Additional contributor: Nelson N. Johnson

Description: This December 23, 1979 mimeographed letter from the Communist Workers Party (CWP) to its supporters and contacts discusses the November 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march where five protestors were killed, and its after effects, including job firings of CWP supporters. The letter criticizes "well intentioned" clergy members and others who have decried the violence without examination of the source, and suggests that community organizations must work together for justice. Nelson Johnson, author of the letter and CWP spokesperson, offers to meet with groups publicly or privately to discuss the issue.


Format of original: Correspondence

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1191

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