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Statement of Rand Manzella to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Date: February 26, 1980

Author: Rand Manzella

Biographical/Historical abstract: Rand Manzella was a union activist and one of several Communist Workers Party (CWP) supporters arrested following the November 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march that took place in Greensboro (also known as the Greensboro Massacre).

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Description: This February 26, 1980 statement by Ray Manzella to the United States Commission on Civil Rights details Manzella's experiences as a worker in several Greensboro textile mills and his attempts to organize workers. Manzella states that he began at Guilford Mills in 1976 and was locked out along with other workers for failing to work overtime. He describes incidents at Cone Mills where where workers attempted to organize and were harassed or fired. He also states that management attempted to stir up racial divisions to hamper organizing efforts. Manzella was also one of three Communist Workers Party (CWP) members indicted on felony rioting charges following the November 3, 1979, Death to the Klan march that resulted in five CWP members being shot to death (also known as the Greensboro Massacre).

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Format of original: Other

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1196

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