Signe Waller Foxworth, who labored for social justice for many years after the Greensboro bloodbath, has died | Native
“She lived every day trying to create meaning,” Thigpen said.
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The Klan Nazi shootings occurred on the morning of November 3, 1979, when the march was forming in what was then the Morningside Homes congregation. A heavily armed caravan of Klansmen and Nazis drove into the area and confronted anti-Klan protesters, many of whom were members of the Communist Workers’ Party.
During the ensuing gunfire, which lasted 88 seconds, the scene was partially captured on video by four television crews. It would attract international and unwanted attention to the city.
Those who died were Sandra Neely Smith, a 28-year-old nurse and former student body president at Bennett College. The youngest, Cesar Vicente Cauce, was a 25-year-old Cuban immigrant who graduated magna cum laude from Duke University. Her friend, William Evan Sampson, 31, was a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. Dr. James Michael Waller, 36, had left his medical practice to organize workers and later served as president of a local textile workers’ union. And Michael Nathan, 32, was the chief pediatrician at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham.
The march “Death to the Klan” ended with acquittals of the accused by an all-white jury and led to finger pointing of guilt.
Last year, more than 40 years after the fatal collision, Greensboro City Council issued an apology that many believed was too late.