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Letter from Nelson Johnson to editor

Date: July 29, 1981

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.

Additional contributor: Joyce Johnson

Description: This letter to the editor was drafted by Greensboro citizen and Communist Worker Party member Nelson Johnson just before he was arrested in July, 1981. In this letter Johnson explains his status as a political prisoner and describes his beliefs about government involvement in the events surrounding the murder of five Communist Workers Party members at the Death to the Klan march, on November 3, 1979. A note added by his wife Joyce Johnson encourages citizens to join her in front of the jail for a peaceful watch.


Format of original: Correspondence

Collection: Edward Burrows Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.5.81

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