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BY DR. FELEC1A PIGGOTT-LONG
The Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma's first ever
Heritage Award Program brought a crowd of more than 300 to
Winston-Salem State University's Anderson Center Saturday
The event paid tribute to several distinguished members of the
fraternity and many others not affiliated with Phi Beta Sigma, but
well-known tor their
"I applaud the
they truly deserve
honor and praise,"
Darryl Prince, presi
dent of the Delta
Alpha Chapter, told
the crowd at the
start of the pro
needed little intro
duction. They each,
for years, have
The Phi Beta Sigma
Beaufort O. Bailey,
Robert E. Brower,
Jakay W. Ervin,
James W. Ferree,
photo by Fekcia Long Henry S. Lewis and
Marshall Bass, left, receives his award Benjamin White
from Bro. Stokes. Warren.
of Marshall B. Bass & Associates and a well-known philanthro
pist, joined Phi Beta Sigma in February of 1945 while attending
Morgan State University in Maryland. He says, "Phi Beta Sigma
is a part of me, part of my life. We are men of business, men of
courage and honor. We are men who have committed our destiny
to the service of our fellowman."
Bailey, a member of the Forsyth County Board of
Commissioners, joined the fraternity in 1955 while attending
Winston-Salem Teachers College, now called Winston-Salem
State University. He expressed pride in his brotherhood.
' "I am proud to be a Sigma Man. We are loyal to each other.
I'm 73 and in my prime - a Sigma Man all the time," he said.
See Sigma* on All
The Green Boys
Photo by Kevin Walker
RaVerne Green's son, Josiah. uses his thigh as a pillow
Sunday during an International Tea at the Sims
Recreation Center. Keeping a close eye on Josiah is his
big brother, Jordan. Read about the tea on B7.
Bobby Seale speaks at Winston-Salem State University last week.
Black Panther co-founder shares group's real legacy with students
BY TODD LUCK
Bobby Seale, co-founder of the
Black Panther Party, spoke at
Winston-Salem State University last
week, relating how the controversial
civil rights organization began.
iSeale told the sizable crowd that
he didn't start out a civil rights
activist, far from it. He took an inter
est in the centuries-long struggle of
African-Americans when he was a
26-year-old student at Merritt
College in Oakland. Calif., he joined
the Afro-American Association and
embraced its views on DlacK pride and self
reliance. He began to learn about the history of
black people, everything from the great kings
who ruled African, to the struggle against slav
ery in the Americas. He said it blew his mind.
"1 was shocked because I grew up thinking
Tarzan ran Africa," said Seale.
His newfound knowledge
inspired him to become politically
active and work for change. He was
further driven to the cause after
attending a sermon given by Dr.
Martin Luther King. He said King,
Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X
were the three leaders who
impressed him the mos^
Seale was joined in many of his
civil rights activities by his good
friend, Huey P. Newton. Seale
described a Vietnam protest in 1966, shortly
See Seale on A12
Students from WSSU
and A&T among
those taking part
in today's event
BY TODD LUCK
Today local students and
residents were expected to
join thousands more from
across the nation in Jena, La.,
to protest what they say is
m e n t
associations ot both N.C.
A&T State University and
University have both organ
ized bus trips to Jena to take
part in today's protest, which
coincides with what is to be
sentencing day for 17-year
old Mychal Bell, the first of
the so-called "Jena Six" con
victed on beating up a white
teenager. Fifty students from
each school are expected to
take part. Also, local leaders,
including State Rep. Earline
Parmon, have organized
another busload of 50 people
from Winston-Salem, who too
are expected to take part. The
protest was scheduled to
begin early this morning, led
by the the Rev. A1 Sharpton,
Martin Luther King III and
radio host Michael Baisden.
Bell was originally con
victed of conspiracy to com
mit second degree murder and
second degree aggravated bat
tery in connection to the fight.
His conviction spurred out
rage throughout the nation
See Jena on A15
High Middle School Musical
Mineral Springs students set to shine
in stage production of popular show
BY LAYLA FARMER
Mineral Springs Middle
School's upcoming produc
tion of "High School
Musical" has been two
years and "innumerable"
practice hours in the mak
ing, says Theater Arts
Teacher David Surridge.
The victim of a series of
unforeseeable mishaps, the
performance was delayed
almost a year from the orig
inal date, but the show must
go on, and the curtains rose
Plwto by Jar*on Pttt
Sec Musical on A14 Kevett Tilltrman, left, and Ashley Starks rehearse Tuesday.
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