Photos by Carolyn de Berry.

On Tuesday and Wednesday at Bennett College’s Global Learning Center in Greensboro, faith and spiritual leaders, college students, youth-led organizations, labor advocates and grassroots leaders from around the world gathered in the name of Truth & Reconciliation.

From their press release:

The time is now for a community-driven, grassroots movement rooted in truth, committed to justice, and determined to repair and reconcile the wrongs of our often-brutal past. It is our deepest hope that our work in North Carolina acts as an inspiration for other states.

The BCC and its members were heavily involved in the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation process after the 1979 Klan Massacre, in which BCC leader Rev. Nelson Johnson played a role.

This one — called the NC Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission Process — calls for re-examination of the state’s historic role in slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, civil rights and white supremacy. It’s stated areas of concern are:

  • Financial security and wealth creation
  • Inclusive voter access and genuine democracy
  • Adequate housing
  • Police accountability and judicial equity
  • Community safety
  • Quality healthcare (including mental health)
  • Climate justice and ecological sustainability
  • Quality, relevant education

To learn more about the NC-TJRC Process, please contact Beloved Community Center at [email protected] or 336.230.0001.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the location of the event. TCB regrets the error.

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