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Communist Workers Party press release

Date: February 4, 1980

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: Marion Yuen

Description: This February 4, 1980 press release, issued by the Communist Workers Party USA, describes a February 2, 1980, demonstration held in Greensboro. The demonstration, which coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, protested Ku Klux Klan activity, particularly the November 3, 1979, Death to the Klan march where five protestors were killed. The press release is critical of government agencies for their lack of support for the demonstration, and of civil rights leaders, including Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for their "passive, non-violent philopsphy" and their calls to disarm the demonstration. Andrew Young's February 1, 1980, speech at North Carolina A&T State University was similarly criticized.


Format of original: Other

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1193

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