The Greensboro Historical Teaching Alliance is made up of a group of educators, organizers and survivors of the November 3, 1979 Greensboro Massacre. We began meeting in January 2018 to address an unmet recommendation by the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Report (May 2006). The recommendation states that students in the Guilford County Schools should learn about this historic event as part of their education.
Purpose of Unit:
To bring awareness of the historical events surrounding the November 3, 1979 Greensboro Massacre to 8th grade students. The unit provides information on how the Truth and Reconciliation Process was created and why there was a need for it. This is a historical event that happened in Greensboro and many of the residents are unaware of it. We will discuss the impact this had on the city, nation, and the world.
Goal of Unit:
To empower students with tools to shape their world through actions: truth telling, the process of reconciliation, and societal transformation.
Structure of Unit:
The unit consists of daily lessons that can be taught over a two-week period or longer. The focus is on 8th grade students because in North Carolina, students are learning about understanding the ways in which conflict, compromise, and negotiations have shaped North Carolina and the United States.
Pilot of Unit:
The unit was piloted with an 8th grade Social Studies class and high school African American Studies class. The feedback from the teachers was incorporated into the final version of the unit.
The 1979 Greensboro Massacre is our initial project. Our goal is to create other units based on untold local history. If you use this unit, we encourage you to provide us with your feedback.