By Jim Auchmutey
Being a scholar at Americus highschool was once the worst adventure of Greg Wittkamper’s existence. Greg got here from a close-by Christian commune, Koinonia, whose contributors devoutly and publicly supported racial equality. whilst he refused to insult and assault his school’s first black scholars in 1964, Greg was once mistreated as badly as they have been: confused and bullied and crushed. in the summertime after his senior 12 months, as racial strife in Americus—and the nation—reached its height, Greg left Georgia.
Forty-one years later, a dozen former classmates wrote letters to Greg, asking his forgiveness and welcoming him to come back for a category reunion. Their phrases opened a vein of painful reminiscence and unresolved emotion, and set him on a trip that may turn out therapeutic and saddening.
The type of ’65 is greater than a heartbreaking tale from the segregated South. it's also approximately 4 of Greg’s classmates—David Morgan, Joseph Logan, Deanie Dudley, and Celia Harvey—who got here to re-examine the attitudes they grew up with. How did they modify? Why, part a life-time later, did attaining out to the main despised boy at school topic to them? This noble booklet reminds us that whereas traditional humans may possibly acquiesce to oppression, all of us be ready to regulate our outlook and redeem ourselves.
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