Friday, November 18, 2005

Ubuntu Weekly #39

- an update from the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
No. 39 – Nov. 15, 2005

Having committed to making our work explicitly anti-racist, the Commission will devote a second session this week to consulting with local trainers for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. We offer thanks to our trainers, Monica Walker and Barton Parks of the Justice and Policy Studies Department at Guilford College, and Guilford County Board of Education member Deena Hayes.

*Thanks also to Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for donating the captioning service provided for our second
public hearing – nearly a $2,000 value!

*The Commission staff this week
announces that Eli Mungo – a N.C. State University grad, Greensboro native and GTRC volunteer and adjunct staff member since March – is our new part-time research assistant. Welcome, Eli!

*Volunteer of the Week:
Spoma Jovanovic, the UNCG faculty member who we thank for serving as one of our Community Dialogue’s volunteer facilitators, for helping us with media analysis research, and for using her communications studies discipline to get students involved in participatory learning about this city’s encounter with truth and reconciliation. Thanks, Spoma!

*This week’s progress indicator: Roland Wayne Wood, a former American Nazi Party member and one of the Nov. 3, 1979, shooters, has issued a public apology and will give a statement to the Commission.

Related upcoming events:
“My Life Under Apartheid,” panel discussion and performance by the E. Gwynn Dancers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, Merrick Auditorium, N.C. A&T State University. Contact Sheila Whitley at 334-7211, ext. 3008,

Latest news coverage:
Allen Johnson column, News & Record, Nov. 13, 2005
Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Nov. 10, 2005
More Carolina Peacemaker coverage, Nov. 10, 2005
Afrique Kilimanjaro column, Carolina Peacemaker, Nov. 10, 2005
Yes! Weekly coverage, Nov. 9, 2005
More Yes! Weekly coverage, Nov. 9, 2005
More Yes! Weekly coverage, Nov. 9, 2005

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