In 1979, in Greensboro, NC, members of the KKK and Neo-Nazis opened fire on demonstrators who were beginning a march against the KKK. Tragically, five people were killed and nine were wounded. Sally and Paul Bermanzohn are survivors of the massacre. They are also my parents. My mother was pregnant with me at the time and my father was shot in the head and in the arm.
Sally and Paul are coming to UVM to talk about Greensboro, Charlottesville, and the historical context of white supremacy. Perhaps most importantly, how we need to resist this hate and move towards a more just society.
For me this story is personal, it is foundational to who I am and how I live my life. This is also one story of many that have happened in this country. This hate, white supremacy, is a heinous part of the foundation of this country. I believe that it is imperative that we learn as much as we can, so we can resist as much as we can when it comes to this kind of hate.
Through Survivors’ Eyes:
Charlottesville, Greensboro and the
Fight to Resist White Supremacy
Thursday, November 9, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Sugar MapleBallroom, DavisCenter, UVM
During the event, there will be a showing of a 10-minute video showing footage of the massacre.
Sponsored by: The Mosaic Student Center, Alianza Latinx, The Center for Health & Wellbeing, The Womyn of Color Coalition, The Miller Distinguished Professorship for Holocaust Studies, The Peace & Justice Center, The Departments of Asian Languages & Literature, Anthropology, Classics, Economics, Geography, Geology, German & Russian, History, Political Science, Psychological Science, Religion & Theatre, The College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, The College of Nursing & Health Sciences Dean’s Office, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Program, The Humanities Center, Global & Regional Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, United Academics Executive Council, and The Center for Cultural Pluralism.
by Sandy Bermanzohn, PJC guest writer