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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, June 30, 1994, BLACK HEALTH ISSUE, Image 1

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BLACKS & BANKS v ?> ? ; ? v#- . ' 1 THESE TWO JUST DONT SEEM TO QO HAND IN HAND JJ Opinion North Carolina Room Fofsyth County Public Lib a ry 660 Was l Flflli Qiiwl > ' 4* ? J TENNIS ANYONE 'v ' WIMBLEDON WINS REKINDLE INTEREST AMONG BLACKS - 1 V -J Smuts Winston-Salem, N. C. 27101 North Carolina Roo Forsyth County Public Library 660 West FiftS-v Street Winston-Salem, N. C. 27101 Winston-Salem Chr The Choice for African-American News and Information THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1994 ,;v t \*v i * , \ ? VIST - v "Power concedes nothing without o struggle. " ? Frederick Douglass For Reference Not to be taken t r from this library VOL. XX, No. 44 Banks Get Bad Grade in Loans to Blacks ; ' - ? : . ... . . * ? ? ? Southern National, First Citizens and BB&T receive poorest ratings By RICHARD L WILLIAMS Chronicle Executive Editor Some of the state's largest banks received a failing grade when it comes to foaking mortgage loans to minorities. The Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina's 1992 study of 14 banks, mortgage companies and the state's largest credit union has Southern National Bank of North Carolina in Winston Salem and Branch Bank & Trust of Wilson at the bottom ot the list. Both received grades of F+. "The study shows that for the second year in a row, a group of banks has lagged behind the market in their mortgage lending perfor mance in these communities," said lrvin Henderson, president of CRA. "We had hoped to see significant improvement from the banks in the bottom tier in iwi, but the results, relative to the market, just are not there." Of the )4 lenders, black-owned Mechahics & Farmers Bank, the State Employees Credit Union and United Carolina Bank earned the highest marks. ~ "This report shows that there is still a great deal of work to be done in the mortgage lending area in order to ensure that all consumers, regardless of income or race, havfc an equal opportunity to buy a house," said Deborah Warren, exec utive director of CRA. see BANK page 3 J 1 1 1 ' LI 117 ]! i iy Former Central Piedmont Basketball Player ? ? ? - ? ? ? i .? ? ? * of the Year I Acquitted of Murder Attempts to Turn His Life Around |By RICHARD L. WH.LIAMS Chronicle Executive Editor For years, the world was a playground for James Edrington. He was a star basket ball player at West Forsyth High, winning the Central Piedmont player of the year in 1982. He went on to play at Winston Salem State University under famed, for ^ mer head Coach Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines from 1982-84. Edrington left WSSU after his sopho more year and tnovfed With his then-girl friend to Dover, Del. He kept in playing . shape, eventually landing a tryou with the Charleston (W. Va.) Gunners in 1988. But shortly Ifiereafler, the cheering stopped - and Gdrington's life hit rock bottom. He moved back to Winston-Salem and became a drifter in the same city where he once entertained crowds young and old with his basketball prowess. He began living on the streets and hanging out at drink houses. It wasn't long =- thai hl^' rTTtTsiyie^tfertfd^inrirr a direction that ran afoul of the law. He forged checks and used and sold cocaine. He said he even "ran" a drink house. "That was the life I was living," the soft-spoken Edrington, now 30, said recently. "1 was like a failure to myself..." But none oi Edrington'* vices pre t pared him for what was laid on him next ? a murder rap. On Nov. 28, 1992, the Winston Salem Police Department's investigation into the stabbing death of 62-year-old Janet White Garland, a white woman, led them to Edring ton, a black, homeless man who was in the vicinity at the time of the crime. Although police had no concrete (evidence, they charged Edrington with first-degree mur der. The woman was leaving Centenary Methodist Church on Fifth Street about 7 p.m., according to police reports. As she approached her car. Garland was accosted by a man who asked her for money. She refused, an argument started and the man stabbed her in the neck, police said. ' On Oct. 7, 199.1, nearly a year later. Edrington was tried for four days in Forsyth County Superior Court, and the jury took less than 30 minutes to !md him not guilty, accord ing to court records. "I almost did life for something 1 didn't do." he said. "Thai 30 minutes could have been my life." Police Lt. Deneille Johnson said the case will not be reopened just because the jury found Edrington not guilty. "We don't have any control of what the, jury does," she said. "We just do the best we can in solving the crime. We felt we had the right suspect." ^ v ? - Edrington said that while serving time for forgery and drug possession at Nash Correc tional Institute outside Rocky Mount, he turned his life around. He said he needs to get "a little stronger because I'm out in the real world now." Since his release in April, he said, liis new "friend" Cheryl Brim has been a constant sup port to him. He also said he spends time with his U^year-old daughter Shameika Allen. Edrington lives with his brother, Alphonso ' Gilliam, on Indiana Avenue and works at Gilliam's painting company. He occasionally volunteers with youths at the Brown and Dou glass Recreation Center on Indiana Avenue. Does he feel lucky to again have freedom? "Freedom feels good," he said, with a trace of bitterness in his voice. "It's just a crooked system we deal with. I don't feel lucky because I didn't do it. I feel blessed, because I have my mind, body and soul back." Health Center Director Wants Minority in Assistant's Post By 'VERONICA CLEMONS Chronicle Stiff Writer Dennis Magovern, director of the Reynolds Health Center, said when he is per mitted to hire a new assistant director ? or directors ? he will hold fast to his commit ment to diversity. "If I am able^o choose the people } want, there will definitely be a minority assistant." he said Tuesday. The assistant director's position at Reynolds Health Center has been vacant since Frank Dulin retired in 1992. Magovern said amid the interviewing process for a new assistant, the position was frozen because of budget constraints. During that time. Magov ern said he has received a number of quali fied minority applicants. Currently, 60 per cent of all employees at Reynolds are African American and 80 percent are female. Magov ern added that a number of the positions blacks hold at Reynolds are in managerial and professional areas, and he believes Reynolds is a pacesetter for county govern ment as far as diversity is concerned. see HEALTH page 3 Business 19 Classifieds 26 Community News... 4 Opinion... 10 Entertainment 22 Obituaries 25 Religion...... .23 Sports .15 This Week In Black History June. 1906 John Hope hernme the fint hlnrk pretidpnl of Morrhoune College k Is Contracts With Diversity Team ? * . ' '? "? ' ' + ' ' r ' ? Hickory-based multicultural company to train teachers at six pilot schools in August By DAVID L. DILLARD Chronicle Staff Writer ~ The cjty-county school board voted this week to allow a consul tant to train teachers in ways to "include African-American hrcrory into the regular curriculum. Forrest. Toms, president of Hickory-based Training. Research and Development Inc.. will begin the Africai. American Curriculum Infusion Project at six pilot schools in August to help introduce teach cra to African American history. Current plans are for African American history to be infused into social studies classes., "I think its an investment in the future." Toms said yesterday in a telephone interview. "If you look at the numbers (of minority students) it's inevitable to start infusing cul tnral diversity into the curriculum." Toms. 42. started his manage ment and diversity training firm in 1984. He has done diversity train ing for Wake County. Chapel Hill and other large school systems. He also helped the city of Winston Salem and. the East W inston Com munity Development Corporation prepare its application for the enter prise community zone. Toms said African and African-American history will not replace the existing curriculum, but will be infused into regular social studies classes. Forrest Toms "We're increasing their knowl edge base and also looking at teach ers' attitudes and beliefs to see where they are," Toms said. "They are already well-prepared social studies teachers so we're just trying African-American history into the curriculum. The administration took time to develop it along with community input and all those things created a readiness and pre paredness for it." Fred Adams, associate superin tendent for instruction, told board members Monday night that the program could help refine the cur rent curriculum. "Each of the schools felt good about it," he said. "In my opinion, see SCHOOL page 3 Board Members Divided Over Program For At-Risk Children By VERONICA CLEMONS Chronicle Staff Writer Whether a program for 4-year-old at-risk, youth will be implemented in the city-county school system is still wait and see as school board members are divided over the issue. Some school board members say they hope to see the program implemented as soon as possible, while others are hesitant because of numerous concerns such as space ami future funding. "I would have liked for it to have started yesterday." board member Nancy Wooten said. She said she was supportive of the pro ject from the beginning but is relying on staff members to advise the board on the earliest practical time for implementation. Geneva Brown and Walter Marshall the two black members on the board, also favor it. Brown said she thinks the program is some thing that is needed and Supports the program being implemented by January. " 1 think we should move forward as soon as possible." she said. "Space is going to be a problem no matter what." see BOARETpage 9 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 910-722.8624

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