A true story of race, religion and reconciliation
Greg Wittkamper wasn't just bullied in high school; he was persecuted for his convictions. He came from Koinonia, a controversial Christian farming commune near Americus, Georgia. Now known as the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, the community was once attacked for its dissident commitment to racial equality: bombed, shot at, boycotted. The farm's children faced harassment and worse as they entered the local high school and found themselves blamed for the social changes most of their classmates deeply resented.
Greg was the only Koinonia kid at Americus High the year it was forced to admit a handful of black students. He may have been white, but because of his public support for those students – and because of where he came from – he was shunned, called names, spit on, even assaulted. Despite the provocations, he never fought back; he was a living example of nonviolence in action.
Four decades later, some of Greg's classmates who had never forgotten the way he was treated tracked him down in West Virginia, where he had been living since the mid-1970s, and wrote him letters of apology, inviting him back to Georgia for their 40th class reunion. It was the journey he had always desired – and dreaded. FIND OUT MORE