Klan Shootings

Members of a panel investigating the 1979 killings of five people during an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro say they think their work is helping the community heal. The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission has held a number of hearings on the 1979 shootings, in hopes of laying to rest the questions and hard feelings that have lingered since the event. Wednesday was the 28th anniversary of the demonstration and shootings. Commission members say they've made a number of steps forward. That includes an apology from a Communist leader for harsh language about Greensboro's mayor, and a former Klan member's acknowledgment of mistakes leading up to the violence. Commissioner Cynthia Brown says she hopes the apologies are just the beginning of the community wide reconciliation the group hopes to foster. The panel will release a report next spring. The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission holds another public event Saturday, this time a collection of round-tables for members of the public to talk about their hopes for the city's future.