Adelphi University to Host Screening of Documentary on the First Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be Formed in the United
November 4, 2008
(Garden City, N.Y.) Adelphi University will host a screening of Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, a documentary that explores the process of healing overseen by the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be formed in the United States, on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 4:15 p.m. in Blodgett Hall Room 109, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The event, sponsored by ICAN (Imagine Change, Act Now) Collaboration Project, the Criminal Justice Program, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, and the Humanist Chaplaincy, is free and open to the public.
Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at the Rome International Film Festival, relates the moving story of social conflict and reconciliation in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, where on the morning of November 3, 1979, a group of black and white protestors, preparing to march against the Klu Klux Klan in Greensboro, North Carolina, were fired upon by a caravan of Klansmen.
The clash known as the Greensboro Massacre left five demonstrators killed, and ten others wounded. Four television stations recorded and widely broadcasted the video of the deaths by Klan gunfire, yet every gunman involved was acquitted of his crime. Twenty-five years later, the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission was convened to reinvestigate the events leading up to the violent killings, and to facilitate a process of communal healing.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sally Bermanzohn, a survivor of the Greensboro Massacre, and Pat Clark, a commissioner of the reconciliation board. Ms. Bermanzohn is the author of Through Survivors’ Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro Massacre and currently serves as a professor of political science at Brooklyn College. Ms. Clark, who has served as a representative for the American Friends Service Committee and director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s KlanWatch Project, is currently the executive director of the United States affiliate of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
For more information about this event, please contact Stephanie Lake at (516) 877-4717 or lake (at) adelphi.edu.
About Adelphi University:
Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls more than 8,200 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.