1979 Klan-Nazi attack survivor hopes for a ‘justice river’

The recent unrest in Virginia brought back vivid memories for the Rev. Nelson Johnson, who was injured when Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen attacked a workers’ march in Greensboro, N.C. The November 1979 attack killed five people. (Aug. 20)



GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — It’s been almost 40 years since five people marching through a black neighborhood in Greensboro were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen and Nazis.

The Rev. Nelson Johnson still has a faded scar on his left arm, left by a Nazi who attacked him.

Now the violence surrounding the march by Ku Klux Klansmen and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death of a young woman hit by a car, have brought the events of Nov. 3, 1979, in sharper focus for Johnson.

He says he hopes tragedy will be transformed into triumph and form a ‘justice river.’ One sign of that is an apology that the Greensboro City Council issued last week after the attack in Virginia.

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