Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ubuntu Weekly #32

Special Public Hearing Edition
- an update from the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
No. 32 – September 27, 2005

The third time, they say, is the charm, and we expect our third and final public hearing to be our best yet. The universal question, “What does the past have to do with the present and the future?” opens the door to valuable examination of such issues connected to Nov. 3, 1979, as race, economics, law enforcement and power.

*We won’t release their names until Thursday evening, but we can let you know that our
speakers at this week’s hearing will include people directly and indirectly affected by Nov. 3 and its aftermath, as well as journalists, community leaders, local and national educators, and others with intriguing answers to the topical question.

*Tune in to WGHP-Fox 8 at 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning, when Commission representatives will be on to talk about the final hearing.

*Our campus sponsor at
UNCG is the American Democracy Project, a national initiative that aims to increase the number of undergraduate students engaged in meaningful civic actions. Special thanks for the Project’s support to Dr. Ben Ramsey of UNCG’s Religious Studies Department.

*Steve Willis, an assistant professor of speech and theater at
Bennett College for Women, is among the city’s faculty members who agree with Ramsey that the Commission’s work is a meaningful civic action. All educators interested in talking more about making use of the hearing and this process in the classroom are invited to be part of tomorrow’s brainstorm session.

*If you can make it to Yum Yum’s, you can easily find your way down Sterling Street, following our signs to the Walker Avenue Parking Deck, where you can park free thanks to the voucher you’ll be able to get at the
hearing. Here are details and a handy map posted on our blog.

*Volunteer of the Week: Laura Seel of Televisual, a supportive video maven who’s played an instrumental role in getting our three hearings preserved for posterity. Thanks, Laura!

*This week’s progress indicator: A total of 68 people volunteered for our
first and second public hearings, and we’re set to add new ones to that total this week.

Our upcoming events:
(TOMORROW!) Teaching Through the TRC, brainstorm session for all educators, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, Little Theatre, Bennett College for Women, 900 E. Washington St.

(THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!) 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, Elliott Center Auditorium, UNCG (Free parking 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. (Registration requested -- email phyllis@greensborotrc.org)

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:
Ben Holder column, The Greensboro Troublemaker Blog, Sept. 25, 2005
Mention in the Royal Gazette of Bermuda, Sept. 22, 2005
Yes! Weekly coverage, Sept. 21, 2005
Jordan Green column, Yes! Weekly, Sept. 21, 2005

UBUNTU – “I am what I am because of who we all are.” For a more complete definition, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu


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