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Leader Says Leftist Group Very New, Spinoff of WVO

Date: November 5, 1979

Author: Greg Lewis

Biographical/Historical abstract: Greg Lewis was a staff writer for the Greensboro Daily News in 1979.

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Description: In this November 5, 1979, article from the Greensboro Daily News, staff writer Greg Lewis reports on the genesis of the Communist Workers Party (CWP) following the November 3, 1979, shootings in Greensboro in which five members of the party were killed at an anti-Klan rally. The CWP, according to leader Nelson Johnson, was a new organization created to replace the Workers Viewpoint Organization, an earlier group. The goal of the group was to "overthrow capitalism, institute a dictatorship of the rule of the proletariat and to build a socialist society." Johnson stated that the group was "not nonviolent" and that it had been "set up." He also stated that this was not a racial incident. The article also features an interview with the father of victim James Waller.

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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Miscellaneous Collection - J.A. Armfield Papers

Repository: Greensboro Historical Museum

Item#: 9.69.1241

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