Guiding Principles
We, the members of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission are committed to carrying out our work in accordance with the ideals and objectives set forth in the Mandate. In this spirit, we have also adopted the following guiding principles:
  • Because we recognize that injustice anywhere affects us everywhere, we will seek the truth in all its layers and will seek to provide creative ways for all members of our community to explore their experiences and feelings, engage in fruitful dialogue, and work together in our search for both truth and reconciliation.
  • Because we enthusiastically embrace the twin principles of honesty and openness, we will work hard to assure that every part of our examination is open, fair, and impartial.
  • Because we are a totally independent entity, not accountable to or dependent on any particular group or segment of our community, we will earnestly seek to hear and will honestly value everyone's story. No evidence or testimony will be rejected. In every aspect of our work we will give respect to and provide opportunity for expressions of diverse viewpoints.
  • We will commit ourselves to the ideal of restorative justice, freed from the need to exact revenge or make recriminations. The work that we do, and the report that we ultimately will issue, will be inspired by the belief that divisions can be bridged, trust restored, and hope rekindled.
In addition, we affirm the closing paragraph of our mandate, which states that "The passage of time alone cannot bring closure, nor resolve feelings of guilt and lingering trauma, for those impacted by the events of November 3, 1979. Nor can there be any genuine healing for the city of Greensboro unless the truth surrounding these events is honestly confronted, the suffering fully acknowledged, accountability established, and forgiveness and reconciliation facilitated."

In service to the entire Greensboro community, and in accordance with the principles described above, we accept the responsibility given us.
Statement Archives
Read transcripts of public hearing statements.

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