Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sandy Smith, November 3, 1979

Sandy Smith (sometimes spelled "Sandi" or "Sandra") was a nurse and union organizer for textile workers at Cone Mills Textile Plant who suffered harsh conditions and low wages in Greensboro, North Carolina. She had been active in the Civil Rights Movement having lead a march to free the Wilmington Ten, was President of the student body of Bennett College which is one of only two remaining all female colleges that are HBCUs (Historical Black Colleges and Universities), and was a founding member of the Student Organization for Black Unity at Bennett College. She along with five other activists was gunned down at the infamous Greensboro Massacre on November 3, 1979 after they were attacked by the Klu Klux Klan and Neo Nazis at the Morningside Homes projects. Of the Klansmen and Neo Nazis who were charged with murder, all were acquitted by all white juries. Despite a $350,000 dollar lawsuit by the victims of the massacre, only one victim received payment from the Klan and the American Neo Nazi Party.

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