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The Class of '65
The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness | Jim Auchmutey
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In the midst of racial strife, one young man showed courage and empathy. It took forty years for the others to join him Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkampers life. Greg came from a nearby Christian commune, Koinonia, whose members devoutly and publicly supported racial equality. When he refused to insult and attack his schools first black students in 1964, Greg was mistreated as badly as they were: harassed and bullied and beaten. In the summer after his senior year, as racial strife in Americusand the nationreached its peak, Greg left Georgia. Forty-one years later, a dozen former classmates wrote letters to Greg, asking his forgiveness and inviting him to return for a class reunion. Their words opened a vein of painful memory and unresolved emotion, and set him on a journey that would prove healing and saddening. The Class of 65 is more than a heartbreaking story from the segregated South. It is also about four of Gregs classmatesDavid Morgan, Joseph Logan, Deanie Dudley, and Celia Harveywho came to reconsider the attitudes they grew up with. How did they change? Why, half a lifetime later, did reaching out to the most despised boy in school matter to them? This noble book reminds us that while ordinary people may acquiesce to oppression, we all have the capacity to alter our outlook and redeem ourselves.
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@rustoryhuf thank you for sending me this amazing book. I read March by John Lewis at the beginning of the year and this is a great book to go along with the graphic novels Rep. Lewis wrote.

rustoryhuf I‘m so glad you liked it. I actually helped the author with some research and he acknowledged my assistance. It‘s a tough subject matter, but so important. 1mo
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@rustoryhuf I am so sorry I am posting this late. My last two weeks were a 🤬show. #hometownswap I cannot wait to read this book, and now I want to go back to GA.

rustoryhuf Glad you like the swap. Come visit! 1y
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Hi,
Just wanted you to be on the lookout for a couple boxes from Amazon. I‘m your partner for the #HometownSwap and I‘ve sent you a couple items. You‘ll also receive a box from me. Hope you like Georgia!

Betty I grew up in middle Georgia and was in the class of ‘64 (over a thousand white girls in the segregated school, no boys) 2y
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