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IN OUR SCHOOLS
Youth Attends Legislator's School )
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Michael Rainey, son of Sylvester
and Leneva Rainey of 5041 Wrangler
Drive, has been selected to attend the
Legislator' s School for Youth
Leadership Development at Western
Carolina University. * ' ?
; He attended Ashley Middle
School in Winston-Salem and is a ris
The program offers some 300 ris
ing eighth- through 1 2th-gradqrs an
opportunity to develop skills tit leader
I ship, critical thinking and communica
uu?i, luetiyeywecic resiaenuai program utilize the cultural an
ational resources of WCV and t he setting adjacent to the Great
Mountains National Park.
1 It is opiated in two sessions, June 18-July 8 (10th -12th gradea^L
knd July 10-30 (eighth and ninth grades), by WCy's Office for Rural
Education. During fheir stay, students participate in academic and
special interest courses in photography, journalism, computers, art,
I astronomy and other topics. Community service work and discussions
| about current issues, led by state and regional leaders, are important
aspects of the program. It is funded by the General Assembly.
Teacher Attends Seminal 1
AnnPlowden of Winston-Salem, a Kindergarten teacher at Old
1, recently attended a seminaiirt the H.Q
Center for the Advancement of Teaching.
Plowden - ? r ? -~??
"Taking- Laughter Seriously", June 20-24, conducted by Junior fellow
I A.G. Rud, NCCAT, a unit of the University of North Carolina, pro
vides intellectual and creative renewal experiences for teachers in a
year-round series of interdisciplinary seminars. Teachers^ from* every
County in the state have participated in center programs Since NCCAT
was esublished in 1985. Richard L. Thompson is director.
Year ?Round School
. Kimberly Park's Alternative School and Konnoak. Easton and
Bolton elementary schools will operate ona year-found sch<rfuledus
year. Philo Middle School will be a "schoW within a school , of e g
both the year-round and a traditional calendar. Bolton ami Phtlo are
?J to dils calendar this ye*. Teacher, started July U with five pro
School hours for students: Easton: 8:*5 a.m.
Kimberly Park: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; Konnoak: 8:40 a.m. - . P
Bohon: 8:45 am. - 3:15 p.m.; Fhtfo: 7:35 am. - 2:15 P-m.
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Fine Arts Program
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The Program of Special Interests and Fine Arts fo* grades K- 1 J j
\ includes enrichment activities fw "selected students wHo have com* i
pleted Kindergarten through fifth grade at Mt, Tabor High School,; j
The musical, "42nd Street", will be presented by the sixth- through j
Uth-grade students t$day and Friday at Reynolds Auditorium at "
p.m. The performances are free*.
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A nine-day Computer Camp for second-through eighth-gradetv
'fe^ng heldlirVw Careef Center. Students are using personal com
puters to create multimedia (Wesentations. control robots, publish
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V ?? Basic Education Program summer school includes grade one
through 12 and is offered to all who qualify at no cost to the student.
Students who fail to meet minimum standard scores on the North
Carolina Minimum Skills Diagnostic Test in grades 3, 6. and 8 are
fequired to attend BEP summer school to be promoted to the next
grade/Students in grades I, 2, 4 and 5 were selected on a priority *
basis with retention and teacher recommendation as criteria for the
slots available. Elementary classes are being at Hall-Woodward and
South Fork. .... j
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Elementary BEP Program
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Local summer programs are, being offered for elementary, .
and high school students who do not qualify for the BEP program but
who wish to reinforce skill* repeat a failed course, or take a. new
course. AH new high school courses are being-offered only at
Parkland, A fee is
^Bllineral Springs Middle
year through July 29 with each student's completion time dep?6f ^
entirely on how long it takes him or her to meet the
^Swmotion. *? .
More at Moore
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"Mort- at Mocwe is being beld through July 29 at S]K3CA for
Moore Elementary School students. :
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Erica Imani Brown-Shelton of Winston-Salem a rising
| the N.C. School for Science and Mathematics in Durham is
two studei?i representing North Carolina in the 1994 Sony
Project Abroad! dominated by Sen; Lauch.Faircloth for he
rand extra curricular achievements. Erica is the daughter
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in undergraduate school and to become a plastic surgeon,
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N.C. BLACK LEADERSHIP CAUCUS ?
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Youths Say Conference Was Success
By DAVID L. DILLARD
Chronicle Staff Writer 'J
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Misty Knight usually avoids
** leadership conferences because, she
said, young people are there "for
show." But the Gates County High
School senior said she enjoyed the
N.C. Black Leadership Caucus last
weekend because she and other
youths had an active role in decid
ing their agenda, j
j "Usually everybody talks to/
you about being a leader, but you
never get the chance to do it,"
Knight said. "This conference was
important to me because we were
Annette Exum, vice chairman
of the caucus, said the youth work
shops were designed to help youths
develop leadership skills.
"We as leaders don't always do
everything to specifically train
young people," she said, "This con
ference provided a nurturing atmos
plieie lu train them and help them
focus on their goals."
Exum feels young leaders are
blossoming in the black community
? even among those who are com
mitting crimes. She said with prop
er training, black youths will devel
op into strong leaders. ,
"1 definitely see leadership
potential in youths today, ? even
those who are committing violent
crimes, because they are getting
others to do it with them," she said.
"The skills and potential are there;
the only difference is the goal,
which should be to build the com
munity and not b^ deleterious to
The youths had three two-hour
workshop on warriorship, rites of
passages and safe sex. Students
attended the caucus, came from
Raleigh, Elizabeth City, Gates ,
County and other cities.
Many said they thought the
conference was beneficial to blacK
youths.Courtney Daniel, a student
from St. Martin's School in Boston,
said he enjoyed the warriorship
workshop because it dealt with
issues facing black men.
s "I got a lot of insight into the
Earline Parmon talks with youths at Black Leadership Caucus.
African s world view of community
and the role of the warrior," he said.
"He fights for a cause and has pur
pose in life. He's strong, but not
? someone who has to be violent."
Dana Young, a senior at Carver
High School, said she enjoyed the
workshop. <^n rites of passage
because it used African principles
to train boys to become men.
'It taught you the importance
of being black and having pride in
your race and that's something we
need," Young said. "The young
black men need to be here instead
of on the streets killing them
County Commissioner Earlihe
Parmon, a presider over the youth
conference, said the youths were
instrumental in outlining the work
- shops and are developing their own
leadership caucus for black youths.
"They were part of the process
and planned most of the acitvities,"
^he said._"It's important to have
them involved because the youtfT
areour leaders of tomorrow. Our
job is preparing them for leader
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Mendez: Warrior^ Build, Not Destroy, Community
By DAVID L DILLARD
Chronicle Staff Writer
As a boy. the Rev John
Mendez thought he was a warrior
while "banging" with Ne\y York
street gangs, but he later learned
that a true warrior builds communi
ty instead of destroying iv.
v "The warrior is not someone
who's violent and always wants to
fight." Mendez told a group of
youths Friday. "The concept of war
norship is defined b> what he can
nive to the community. Be a real
warrior land). work for the cause."
Mendez. pastor of Emmanuel
Baptist Church, conducted a forum
on the voncepi.ot warrvorship last
'week at the N.C. Black Leadership
He discussed the concept of
individualitv vs. community that
most gi? through after aquiring
knowledge. He said blacks should
return to the African adage / Am
Because We Arc and any knowl
edge gained should help the com
"Your individuality finds
meaning and purpose in the context
of 'community." he said. "The war
rior must not be an enemy to the
community." I v
The Rev. Sieve Fails agrees.
He said black communities are suf
fering because too many times
blacks don't return to their commu
nities after getting an education.
"Maqy times poeple don't come
back to the community after they
get the education." Fails said. "Our
objectives should be to come back
and do things for people who
pushed us." \
Tomorrow Simon, a student
from Raleigh, said she enjoyed
Rev. John Mendez talks with youths during Black Leadership Caucus.
Mendez's lecture because he taught
from a community perspective. A
"He talked about things we
could relate to," Simon said.
"Nowadays, the community is cor
rupt. I think it's good that we dS a
people are coming together again." ..
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Jackson Urges Ballot Power ' ? from page 1
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lunons definitely should be regis
tered. he said. Of about 6.000 stu
-derns. -aulack^un'i. alma waterrftfrCr
A&T State University, one-third are
registered to vote.
every faculty member and student
to be registered and fully aware,"
Jackson said it must be the
schools' program, the caucus' pro
gram and the churches' program to
get people registered to vote.
Blacks could have enormous
political power if more people were
registered to vote, Jackson said. He
cited the power in the black vote by
noting it was the black southern
vote that was significant in
President Clinton's victory. Because
the plight of the African-American
community is not a priority of
either party, Jackson said it's very
important for African Americans to
use their voting power.
The lack of the African
American vote has cost some blacks
election bids, he added. He said
bwauae tttore. bUcks did nurwre~ur
were not registered in New York.
David Dinkins was not re-elected
Jackson also' blames some of
the low-voting numbers on the gov
ernment. He said voting should be
on a Saturday, not a workday.
"Voting on a workday is a
scheme to discourage participa
tion." he said.
He added that the United States
along with several other countries
.sent funds to South Africa for voter
education. He added that voter
cards with candidate's pictures were
used for those who could not read
and voter cards were taken to those
who were incarcerated but not con
Adults raising their children
should be another reasonable
expectation of African Americans,
Raise the babies that you
*rnake," he said. "Dogs raise their
Adults mustjilso commit them
tudes and focusing on giving youths
respectable role modes they can
pattern their behavior after. A
change in adult attitudes would
result a change in young people's
"Children act. out what they see
in us," he said. "We don't need leg
islation to stop killing each other,
we can stop that tonight just by
changing our minds.1
Jackson added that there needs
to be more community involvement
and more money spent on items of
necessity like health care and less
?. "It makes more sense to invest,
in prenatal care than jail care and
welfare," Jackson said.
Jackson encouraged the audi
ence not to let the system break its
spirit. He reminded them of the
spirit of Nelson Mandela, who
spent much of his adult life in a*
South African prison.
"He kept dreaming, hoping and
believing," he said. "A man once
called a prisoner is now called
Caucus Gets Off to "Fiery" Start . from page 1
Mendez got us off to a fiery start."
Mendez said African-American
adults must unite and take care of
the youth in order to advance me in
the next century.
i "If we lose the children we've
lost our future, because the children
are our future," he said."
He said youths must be loved
so they can be educated: lack males
must be discouraged from killing
one another and referring to black
females- with degrading names such
as "bitch"; and females must be
discouraged form accepting these
degrading definitions. Returning to
traditon is part of the solution to the
problems African-Americans face,
Mendez said. .
"We've got to go back and
rediscover that which has always
worked for us," he said. "We've got
our stuff and we've got the right
stuff, we just have to reclaim it"
Mendez referred to the 20th
century with the famous Charles
Dickens' quote from his novel A
Tale of Two Cities : "It was the best
of times and the worst of times."
On the good side, the 20th cen
tury has been a technical revolution.
With this century came basic things
to us like the telephone, television,
self-powered engines-, automobiles
and modern bath rooms. There were
also advances is medical care, and
the progress made in agriculture has
enabled the country to feed more
people than ever before.
Never has mankind witnessed
such phenomenal change, he said.
But Mendez also pointed out a dark
side to those advances.
Technological progress brought the
invention of the atomic bomb and
the devastation of two world wars.
As agriculture found ways to pro
duce more, more people became
hungry. And during the 12 years of
the Reagan/Bush administration, the
economy saw the rich get richer and
the poor "get poorer.
"We're one of the richest nations in
the world and we have people
sleeping on streets, eating out of
garbage cans and living below the
poverty line." he said.
Citing a 'Wall Street Journal
analysis of the 1981 recession,
Mendcz said African- Americans
were the only ethnic group to show
a net loss of jobs during that period
at more than 59,000 positions.
Asians gained about 55.000,
Latinos about 50.000 and whites
gained about 71.000 positions, he
. The unemployment led to the
guns and drugs being brought into
the black communities, designed to
create genocide. Mendez said. The
young black men who are arrested
for selling drugs on street corners
are only a small part of a much larg
"These young men are sub-con
tractors, pawns being used by pow
erful drug barons." he said.
"Something's wrong when they
can't get scholarships, but can get
drugs and guns."
Just to be included will be a
major hurdle for African Americans
in the 21st century Mendez said.
"It used to be a priviledge to be
exploited ? at least we were
included, " Mendez said. "Now
we're just excluded, rejected in such
a way that we no longer count."
The partnership that needs to
be formed among- African
Americans cannot be divided by
-social or economic status, Mendez
said. And they must hold on to their
spirit, something that slavery could
never strip away.
"We need to start at one end of
the community and link with the
other end. It doesn't matter if you're
on drugs or drunk . We've got to
pull each other up." .