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Letter from Nelson Johnson of the Youth Organization for Black Unity

Date: December 10, 1972

Author: Nelson Johnson

Biographical/Historical abstract: Nelson Johnson (1943-), a longtime activist in Greensboro, was a student leader at A&T during the 1969 Dudley High School protest and a leader in the Communist Workers Party during the November 3, 1979 "Death to the Klan" rally at which five CWP members were killed. Johnson later became minister at Faith Community Church and helped initiate the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Description: This six-page letter from Nelson Johnson of the Youth Organization for Black Unity (YOBU), dated December 10, 1972, invites black student leaders to affiliate their organizations with YOBU. The letter describes YOBU's major national programs, with respect to political prisoners, communications, schools, and international affairs, and defines the organization as “part of a nationally coordinated movement to build an effective revolutionary Pan African youth movement in the United States.” The letter is accompanied by a typewritten note from “MS” forwarding it to University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson on February 12, 1973. The possibility that the UNCG Neo-Black Society may have been affiliated with YOBU was central to a 1973 challenge of the group's recognition and funding as a student organization.

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Format of original: Correspondence

Collection: Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson Records

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.14.401

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