Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Ubuntu Weekly #33

an update from the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
No. 33 – Oct. 4, 2005

The end of our public hearing Saturday afternoon officially marked the end of the public hearings phase of our work. Thanks to all who helped in any way to make that phase a success, especially our public hearing volunteers and the nearly 400 people who attended, listened and tried to understand.

*Many of those people agreed to continue with us into our next phase by signing up at the hearing to take part in our Community Dialogue on Nov. 5. All who care about our community’s future are invited to join us as we digest what we heard in our
first, second and third hearings, then seek ways to collectively paint a vision for tomorrow.

*Speaking of the future, our first GTRC Teen Ambassador made his television debut on the
Fox 8 Morning News last Thursday. Thanks and congratulations to Lamar Gibson, our 14-year-old Grimsley freshman, for representing us like a pro. We’re still recruiting teens to participate in the Community Dialogue and help spread the word in other ways. Any interested teens should e-mail

*New experiences for students and new collaborations linking faculty at
Bennett College for Women, UNCG, N.C. A&T and Guilford College are brewing thanks to our teaching brainstorm session last Wednesday. Thanks to Steve Willis for hosting the gathering, to Spoma Jovanovic, Carole Steger and Sheila Whitley for sharing their work, and to all the other faculty who took part.

*Volunteer of the Week: Commissioner Muktha Jost, who has kept up with general commissioner duties and taken key statements, all while juggling her family, an N.C. A&T faculty position and other community work. Thanks, Muktha!

*This week’s progress indicator: A total of 54 people spoke at
our three hearings. We offer thanks to them all for their courage and willingness.

Our upcoming events:
GTRC Community Dialogue, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5,
Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road. (Registration requested -- email

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:
News & Record editorial, Oct. 4, 2005
Chewie World Order blog coverage, Oct. 4, 2005
The Editor’s Log coverage, Oct. 3, 2005
News & Record coverage, Oct. 2, 2005
Greensboro Troublemaker blog coverage, Oct. 2, 2005
WFMY-News 2 coverage, Oct. 1, 2005
News & Record coverage, Oct. 1, 2005
Ed Cone blog coverage, Oct. 1, 2005
Associated Press newspaper coverage, Sept. 30, 2005
Associated Press broadcast coverage, Sept. 30, 2005
News & Record coverage, Sept. 30, 2005
Michael Schlosser column, News & Record, Sept. 30, 2005
Ed Cone blog coverage, Sept. 30, 2005
Jeff Thigpen blog coverage, Sept. 30, 2005
Associated Press coverage, Sept. 29, 2005
Associated Press broadcast coverage, Sept. 29, 2005
News & Record coverage, Sept. 28, 2005
Ed Cone blog coverage, Sept. 28, 2005
Yes! Weekly related coverage, Sept. 27, 2005
Marty Nathan column, News & Record, Sept. 25

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