88 Seconds in Greensboro

I was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, our family having moved there in 1978 when I was 3 years old.   There’s been a lot of publicity for Greensboro this week with the opening of the International Civil Rights Museum.  The museum pays tribute to the sit-ins in the 1960’s at the downtown Woolworth’s by four students at NC A & T.   Growing up in Greensboro, that was a history I was always fully aware of as a child.

However, my mother brought to my attention this week another incident in Greensboro that I’d never heard of until now- a massacre of 4 people in 1979.  Five demonstration marchers were shot and killed by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members.  More can be found out about it at Wikipedia and I’ve already ordered the book Through Survivor’s Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro Massacre, so that I can learn more.

As I was reading about the massacre, I also learned that the band Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, whom I’m familiar with for their song from Pretty in Pink, If You Leave – did a song in tribute to the massacre.  The open fire on the marchers lasted 88 seconds.

Here is OMD’s song, 88 Seconds in Greensboro.

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