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The Class of '65 - A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness-logo

The Class of '65 - A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness

Jim Auchmutey

Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper's 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 school's 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 Americus - and the nation - reached 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.

Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper's 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 school's 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 Americus - and the nation - reached 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.
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Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper's 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 school's 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 Americus - and the nation - reached 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Verner

Length:

7h 39m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

14:36


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

30:29


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

26:34


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

47:23


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

32:19


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

26:27


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

26:42


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

26:32


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

14:43


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

32:02


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

26:23


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

32:39


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

30:50


Part 5, Chapter 13
Part 5, Chapter 13

25:33


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

21:12


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

22:35


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

22:11


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

00:40