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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 04, 2001, Image 1

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; 75 cents WENSTON-S A LEM GREENSBORO HlGH POINT Vol. XXVII No. 18 For Reference v^illvwIN Iv^L/ The Choice for African American News I ^^HR|l|iaHIM|IVIipBVVI^^ - from littrarv , Principle into Practice I - #?*? Photo^ by Kevin Walker I A woman lights candles on a kinara at a Kwanzaa ceremony last week. Project organizers find practical ways to foster cooperative economics BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Dana Suggs, Ben Piggott and about a dozen youngsters in the Happy Hill community know a little something about putting the principles of Kwan ?zaa into practice. Suggs, owner of the Kwan zaa Ornaments Co., and Pig gott, director of the Sims Recreation Center in Happy Hill Gardens, are the master minds behind a business ven ture that they hope will be enlightening and financially beneficial to young people who are enrolled in an after-school tutoring and mentoring pro gram at the rec. The youngsters will sell spools of kente ribbon designed by Suggs. The popular multi colored African cloth can be See Project on a8 ^^on^ogg^peok^j^en^gofT^ 'Kwanzaa Queen' receives sign that unity is incumbent upon us BYT. KEVIN WALKER [HE CHRONICl I Many consider Shirley Mose I ley the queen of local Kwanzaa events. It's a title that she wears proudly as proud as she wears the bright. African clothes that have become her trademark. Moseley has been a fixture during the Kwanzaa holiday for the past several years, as much a part of the celebration, some say, as the dancing, food and drums. Moseley feels an even greater link to the African-American holiday after a fire destroyed the home she shared with her daugh ter and son-in-law a few months ago. The family was in the process of moving but most of their belongings were in the house when it went up in smoke, Moseley said. Everything was lost except a few drinking glasses and a Kwan zaa pin given to Moseley during the '99 Kwanzaa celebration. The pin was designed by Dana Suggs. Pins were handed out to guests at Kwanzaa a year ago. Moseley had tucked away the pin. which features the word "Unity." one of the seven princi ples of Kwanzaa. underneath a kinara. A black plastic card that was used to support the pen was charred slightly in the tire. But the blaze seemingly stopped before it reached the pin. Mose Six Mpseley on AS I 1 ? ? Fl Moseley Habitat to build 12 houses in Princeville BY PAUL COLLINS THE CHRONIC! I Habitat for Humanity volun teers from around the country have joined members of the Princeville community to "blitz build" 12 homes in Princeville. N.C., Jan. 3-15. The build, coor dinated by Tarboro/Edgecombe Habitat for Humanity, is part of the Hurricane Floyd Recover Build Program, a joint effort of Habitat for Humanity Interna tional's disaster response office and Habitat for Humanity affili ates in Eastern North Carolina. These recovery houses will replace homes destroyed by Hood ing caused by Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. "The whole town of Princeville was completely sub merged." Charlotte Webb. Hurri cane Floyd rebuild manager for Habitat for Humanity Interna tional. said in a telephone inter view Friday. She said that work on the footings and foundations of the 12 homes that will be built began in early December. Last Thursday, a team of 26 ; people from the Mennonite Dis- ' aster Service arrived in Prineeville to frame up the seven houses before the official "build" began Jan. 3. The framing work includ- < ed siding, roofing, dry wall instal lation. painting. Webb was expecting about 15 ; Habitat affiliates and several ; church groups to send at least 10 t to 20 volunteers each to partici- 1 pate in the blitz build. Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, the world's second largest home improvement retail er, is the largest sponsor of the build. Lowe's has donated $350,000 in gifts and grants to the build, and its employees aire trav eling to Prineeville to participate in the build. The town of Prineeville is alsb participating, with local and civic leaders joining the build. The Federal Emergency Man agement Authority has provided infrastructure support for the build. Edgecombe Martin Electric Sfi Habitat m A2 ' Speaker schools local teachers T. KEVIN WALKER llll CHRONICLE Early on in his address to about 1,000 local teachers and administrators. Mychal Wsnn told the captive audience at the Adam's Mark Hotel that if they were easi ly offended, teaching is the wrong profession for them His words were a warning of sorts. He spent much of the remainder of the speech telling teachers that they were not perfect or always right, to accept their faults and to spend more time pointing inward than outward. "No matter how much you think you know there is always something you can add to your arsenal of knowledge." Wvnn said. He was the keynote speaker at a day-long conference Wednesday, for teachers and administrators at the school system's' equity-plus schools (or schools with a high percentage of students in the free or reduced lunch program). There are 18 equity-plus schools in the system. Wynn is a nationally acclaimed motivation speaker'and author of several books on the topic of at risk children. He diced his address with bits from his own experi ences as a father of young boys and tales from his ow n childhood. W y n n challenged the teachers to stop making excuses for not teach .i? children. He told them that a child's home situation and iack of parental involvement were out of their hands. "Why worry about things you can't control?" he asked. He told the teachers instead to focus on what they can do. the things they do have control of. tie asked each of them to develop a vision, a forecast for what they hoped to accomplish and to think about what they do best on their campuses. ? Each teacher has a skill or tal ent that he or she is extremely good at. Wynn said. It may be an .See Wynn on A3 Wynn Local man sees life in his art BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE ' Charles MeClennahan is a believer in fate, of the divine nature. ?He credits a series of strange meet ings. chance encounters and instances of being at the right place at theiright time for changing and sometimes'guiding his life. Today, the 41-year-old teaches film design and animation at N.C. School of the Arts and Winston-Salem State Uni versity. He'has a reputation that often precedes him. having designed sets for ?Toadway shows, films and videos. But MeClennahan says things could have been a lot different for him. He grew up in Laurinburg, a town, he said, where young African Americans are likely to work 9 to 5 than head off to college. "Your future was to work at a textile mill." MeClennahan said last week in the living room of his house. McClennahan was willing to accept that future after he finished high school. God. he said, had other plans for him. His interest in the theater was piqued while he was in high school. A teacher came by the class he was in and asked if any student^wanted to volunteer to paint the backdrop for a play that the school was preparing to put on. "I saw, it as a way to get out class," McClennithan recalled. He said he didn't expect to fall in love with sculpting sets. He had drawn and painted for much of his life. But working with a larger than life canvas gave him a sense that he'd never felt. After high school. McClennahan came to Winston-Salem to study set design at the NCSA, where lie received his bachelor of fine arts degree in the early '80s. McClennahan.then went to Yale Uni versity to study set design under the famed Ming Cho Lee. His road to Yale.' ? he said, was also guided by fate. He was designing the set for the Miss Black Uni 9 verse Pageant in New York. After the show, an old stagehand walked up to him to chat. His final words to McClennahan were that he should go Yale. "I had no idea what Yale was." McClennahan said. He found out about the school through research and was amazed when he was accepted into the graduate school there. The master's degree he earned there would not have been possible if it wasn't for the old stage hand, McClennahan marveled. He doesn't even remember the man's name. ? "It shows us how people can walk into your life., and you don't know why they walk into your lives." he said. "That's what we need, people who can walk into other people's lives and give them direction." McClennahan said he strives to be Sir McClennahan on A8 Photo by Kevin Walker I Charles and Janeen McClennahan look over a script for.the puppet show they created. ? FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS CALL (336) 722-8634 ? MASTERCARD, VISA AND AMERICAN EXPRESS ACCEPTED ? ? ?

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