By Jim Auchmutey
Being a pupil at Americus highschool used to be the worst event of Greg Wittkamper’s existence. Greg got here from a close-by Christian commune, Koinonia, whose participants 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 overwhelmed. in the summertime after his senior yr, 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 alluring 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 might turn out therapeutic and saddening.
The category 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 reassess the attitudes they grew up with. How did they modify? Why, part an entire life later, did achieving out to the main despised boy at school subject to them? This noble e-book reminds us that whereas traditional humans might acquiesce to oppression, all of us have the ability to regulate our outlook and redeem ourselves.
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