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Why was this city picked for battleground?

Date: November 5, 1979

Author: Jim Schlosser

Biographical/Historical abstract: Jim Scholosser (1943- ), a reporter and editor for the Greensboro News and Record since 1967, covered political rallies and school integration during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Description: This November 5, 1979, article by Jim Schlosser of the Greensboro Record discusses community reaction and raises the question of why Greensboro became the site of the shooting of five members of the Communist Workers Party (CWP) at an anti-Klan rally on November 3, 1979. Most community and civil rights leaders, including local NAACP president George Simkins, stated that the incident was "isolated" and should not lead outsiders to draw "unfair conclusions" about Greensboro. Simkins did, however, criticize the police response. The article also includes background material on the CWP and its relationship to other factions within the Communist party as well as some information on recent KKK activity. Other leaders interviewed include Mayor Jim Melvin, U.S. Attorney H.M. Michaux, UNCG professor Alan Trelease, North Carolina Civil Liberties Union director George Gardner, and an unidentified FBI agent in Charlotte.

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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Miscellaneous Collection - J.A. Armfield Papers

Repository: Greensboro Historical Museum

Item#: 9.69.1249

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