It’s about government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and you’re the only people’s tribunal that we’ve got and that we’ll ever get to take a look at November 3rd.
-- Lewis Pitts, lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the 1985 federal civil trial regarding the events of Nov. 3, 1979
Lewis Pitts was the final speaker at the Greensboro Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Public Hearings on August 26-27, 2005. Pitts led the Commission through a series of government documents - evidence used in the civil suit, in which eight defendants, including Greensboro police officers and Klan and Nazis, were found jointly liable for the wrongful death of one of the Nov. 3, 1979 march participants, Michael Nathan.
Pitts also had some advice for the Commission in prioritizing the volume of information coming in to them, and reminded everyone present what a rare occasion it was to be heard before a citizens' tribunal in our democracy.
The transcript of his presentation is divided into three parts. Part two is still being transcribed; check back for updates.
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LEWIS PITTS' STATEMENT BEFORE THE GREENSBORO TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COMMISSION:
Part One - Introductory Remarks
Part Two - Presentation
Part Three - Q&A