The Greensboro City Council has three official virtual meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
The first meeting is a work session at 3 p.m. to discuss the long-term strategic goals set by the council in February and economic development.
Councilmember Justin Outling has been requesting a work session on economic development for months.
The second virtual meeting at 5:30 p.m. is the monthly City Council public forum or town hall meeting. The main purpose of the meeting is supposed to be to hear concerns from the public, but since the City Council started meeting virtually in April it has not allowed a single speaker at these “public forums.” Instead, people are invited to email the City Council with their concerns. The meeting agenda states that these emails will be summarized at the meeting, but so far they have not been.
People can signup to speak on public hearing items, like rezoning requests, but people have not been allowed to sign up to speak at the public forums.
There are four resolutions on the agenda including one honoring the late Frederick “Curly” Neal, a Dudley High School graduate who played with the Harlem Globetrotters for over 20 years.
Then there is the “special” virtual meeting at 7 p.m. with four items on the agenda including a “Resolution of Apology by the Greensboro City Council for the Events that Have Come to be Known as The “November 3, 1979 Massacre.”
As noted in the resolution, the City Council in 2009 passed a resolution stating that the council “deeply regrets the events of November 3, 1979 that resulted in the loss of five lives and divided the community.”
And in 2017, the council passed a motion apologizing “to the five families who lost love ones and for the events of Nov. 3, 1979.”
This resolution includes the clause, “Whereas, Greensboro’s police department in 1979 (the ‘GPD’) along with other city personnel failed to warn the marchers of their extensive foreknowledge of the racist, violent attack planned against the marchers by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party with the assistance of a paid GPD informant.”
The resolution also establishes a scholarship to be awarded yearly to five students in honor of the five people who were killed on Nov. 3, 1979.