YT Screening: "Greensboro: Closer to the Truth"

Dear Youth Together Friends and Supporters,

Youth Together would like to invite you to join us for a very special event, taking place on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:00pm at The First Congregational Church of Oakland (2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA). Oakland is one of only 6 communities across the country that are participating in an innovative national dialogue project using the film Greensboro: Closer to the Truth to support reconciliation and justice efforts, and Youth Together has been selected to host the film locally. The Bay Area has a long history of confronting injustices despite it being been plagued by violence, police brutality, community tensions and poverty.  We believe that education and dialogue, informed by the history and lessons of Greensboro, can be critical to helping the Bay Area address these issues.  Our goal is to prompt community members to work together to heal and seek justice. We are taking the film Greensboro: Closer to the Truth to Oakland high schools for young people to learn and discuss. On February 18th we are providing a space for local social justice leaders and up to 600 community members to engage in dialogue that we hope will pave the way for long-term collaborations and problem-solving in our community.

Please save the date. We hope you will join us for this important event. To learn more about the project and our objectives and to get more details about our event, feel free to contact Director of Special Projects, Nick James at 510-645-9209 x310 or njames@youthtogether.net.

About Greensboro: Closer to the Truth

On November 3, 1979, in the absence of a dissuasive police presence, a caravan of white supremacists confronted demonstrators preparing for a “Death to the Klan” rally planned in a black community in Greensboro, NC by the Communist Worker Party. The Klansmen and Nazi Party members emerged from the cars, unloaded an arsenal of guns and began firing on protesters. Five people were killed in what became known as the Greensboro Massacre.

The film documents the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission ever convened in the United States, which was organized 25 years later in Greensboro to help the community come to terms with this violent history that continues to play a role in the lives of those affected by it. In screenings hosted just outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, viewers expressed shock at their own ignorance of the 1979 “Greensboro Massacre” and its aftermath that transpired only a few miles from where they live. The character-driven film has thus proven effective at engaging audiences in a difficult history that puts a human face to the drama that unfolded in 1979 and invests them in the process of investigating truth and seeking new forms of justice.

See you on February 18th!

Sincerely,

Youth Together Staff & Students

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