Honoring the Victims of the Greensboro Massacre

Today I attended a memorial service for the five people who lost their lives in the Greensboro Massacre 31 years ago today. The Communist Workers Party 5, as their gravestone refers to them, were murdered in broad daylight by neo-Nazis and Klansmen with the compliance of the Greensboro Police Department.

One of the widowed survivors asked me to place a rose on the headstone for Cesar Cauce, who was only two years older than me when he was killed. I spoke briefly about how often-ignored stories like this are not only the reason I studied history in college, but that the example of these five people provides strength to continue doing the difficult (but necessary) work of building a new society.

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