Furthermore, on Friday, March 4 for Dr. Josh Inwood will have a presentation at the Center for the Study of Social Justice Spring Colloquium. Dr. Inwood will present "Reconciling the Truth: Legacies of Racial Violence in the American South" from 11:30-12:45 in Room 440 (West Wing) of the Haslam Business Building.
This research presentation focuses on the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (GTRC), the first truth and reconciliation commission ever funded and seated in the United States of America. Despite overwhelming video and photographic evidence of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party firing weapons into a crowd of labor organizers and killing five people, no one was ever held criminally liable for the deaths. In 1999 local community organizers began advocating for a truth and reconciliation process modeled after truth commissions in South Africa and Peru. In a broadly conceived qualitative approach that utilizes open-ended interviews and archival research, this project explores the truth process in Greensboro, focusing on the ways community members address legacies and memories of violence through reconciliation and grassroots politics. The research exposes the connections between the memory of violence and territoriality to wider academic scrutiny, examines the legacies of violence and race in North America, and contributes to larger discussions surrounding the impact that violence and race have in North American communities.