"It's sad...that you don't give yourself an opportunity to hear what's going on." -- Greensboro Mayor pro tem Yvonne Johnson, asked at this afternoon's Truth & Reconciliation hearings by commissioner Mark Sills about the fact that no white members of the City Council have shown up for any part of the proceedings.
Her hope is for "some closure" and "healing." Noted to those who point out that these events are 26 years in the past that we celebrate and mark historical occurences of all types, going back much further than that. "I believe in the power of reconciliation."
Register of Deeds and former County Commissioner Jeff Thigpen also spoke. Greensboro suffers from something like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when it comes to the killings, he said. "We have an obligation to look at it. We need to understand it." A veteran of the Pulpit Forum's work around the K-Mart labor issues in the '90s, Thigpen said he hopes this process, like that one, can become "a community issue."