Friday, September 09, 2005

Ubuntu Weekly #29

Ubuntu Weekly
- an update from the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
No. 29 – September 6, 2005

We’re grateful post-Labor Day to the artists, sponsors and supporters whose gracious gifts of time, talent and money made for an enjoyable fundraiser last Thursday. The gathering took a little of the sting out of losing Chelsea Marshall, our much-loved public hearings coordinator, who has headed back to Smith College after spending her spring and summer semesters working and learning as part of our staff.

*Thanks to all the media playing such a key role in helping raise understanding about this historic work. Special thanks to the
News & Record for insightful columns by Lorraine Ahearn and Jeri Rowe, for last week’s encouraging editorial and for podcasting both our first and second hearings; to the Carolina Peacemaker for its many stories (linked below) about the second public hearing; and to Yes! Weekly for continuing thorough coverage.

*College faculty members across the city are invited to do what UNCG’s
Spoma Jovanovic began doing years ago: using this first American truth and reconciliation effort as a live learning lab for students. We’re planning to bring educators together in the next couple of weeks for a brainstorm of teaching possibilities and possible collaborations. Interested? E-mail

*This week’s progress indicator: With the proceeds from “Three Chords and the Truth” leading the way, we’ve raised $6,432.65 from individual donors since July 1.

*Volunteer of the Week: Sarah Marshall – an artist, teacher and recent
Guilford College grad who has done any and everything we’ve asked of her, with creativity, effectiveness and a smile. Thanks, Sarah!

Our upcoming events:
What does the past have to do with the present and the future?, final
Public Hearing, 2-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Elliot Center Auditorium, UNCG (Free parking will be available in the Walker Avenue Deck).

GTRC Community Dialogue, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5,
Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road.

Related upcoming events:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, War Memorial Auditorium, part of
Guilford College’s Bryan Series on “Spirit and Spirituality.” (SOLD OUT)

Latest news coverage:
Lorraine Ahearn column, Sept. 4, 2005
Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Sept. 2, 2005
More Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Sept. 2, 2005
More Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Sept. 2, 2005
More Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Sept. 2, 2005
More Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Sept. 2, 2005
Jeri Rowe column, Go Triad, Sept. 1, 2005
Commissioner coverage, Daily Tar Heel, Sept. 6, 2005
News & Record editorial, Aug. 30, 2005
Yes! Weekly coverage, Aug. 30, 2005

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