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Volume40,Number31 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, April 3, 2014
Tony Dungy greets Wake Forest students during his
visit to the campus last week.
BY LAYLA GARMS
Tony Dungy shared the trials and triumphs of his
storied NFL coaching career at Wake Forest University
"It's an honor to be here at Wake Forest to speak to
you about leaders,"
uungy ioia me
standing room only
crowd that gathered
in the 2200-seat
Wait Chapel on 1
26 to hear him
speak. "That's what
our country is in
need of. We don't
need more smart
people. We need
leaders who will
stand on their con
victions, and I
encourage you to
do that ."
made history in
2007, when he
guided the team to
a 5>uper Bowl win. He became the first African
American head coach of a Super Bowl-winning team.
He said he follows a bottom-up leadership philoso
phy that empowers leadership at every level of an
organization and creates a strong foundation built on
not one, but many leaders.
"I really think the best leaders are people who have
a vision and have a focus that is not about them, it's
about the group that they work with," said the Jackson,
Mich, native. "My job as a leader was to help my group
be the best that they could be, so I had to take the focus
off of myself."
Dungy spent more than three decades in the
National Football League, first as a player and later as
a head coach, the first in the NFL to defeat all 32 teams.
The former University of Minnesota quarterback is
known for his soft spoken manner and unapologetic
commitment to Christian and family values.
"Don't feel like you have to leave your personality
behind," said Dungy, who is now an NBC Sports com
mentator. "...If you have the right message, your voice
will be heard."
See Dungy on A7
The former coach waves to the
Gone Too Soon
Family copes with loss after senseless killing
BY LAYLA GARMS
Twenty-two year-old Christopher
Thompson will never smile again.
He will never walk through the
door of his Gilmer Avenue home and
greet his mother and grandmother
with a kiss. He won't hold his infant
niece and nephew or play the piano
and drums at
family are still
come to grips
with the reality
of life without
was shot and killed in the wee hours
of the morning of March 23, just steps
away from his own front door.
"I know he's gone but it's so un
real to me, even at this point," said his
mother. Crystal Thompson. "It's like
somebody ripped half of my heart
Thompson, a mother of three, said
she and her children shared a special
"It has been hell for me. It really
has," she said of losing her only boy.
"He just wasn't my son, he was one
of my babies. I don't know what kind
of bonds other mothers have with
their children, but me ?md my thi^e.
it's an unbreakable bond."
Thelma Thompson, the grand
mother to Chris and 20 others, used to
call Chris, mt employee at Carolina
Arts & Frames of Kemersville. on his
cell phone every morning to wake
him up forworic. *v '
"1 toojr his number out of my
phone becMQUlt WmW I to call it so
badly, but 1 knew he wouldn't be
there on the other end to answer," she
said of her grandson, who sported a
tattoo reading "Nona's Man" on his
See Thompson on A8
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Photo by Kitrinka (fordon
Crystal Thompson wears a t-shirt honoring her late son during a vigil
Sunday held in his honor.
saluted for his service
BY TODD LUCK
Former patients of retired pedia
trician Dr. Charles "Charlie"
Kennedy helped to fill a banquet hall
at the Holiday Inn University
Kennedy, who was the city's pre
eminent African American pediatri
cian for decades, was honored dur
ing the Outreach Alliance for Babies,
Inc.'s annual fundraiser.
In a videotaped message played
for attendees, Kennedy's daughter.
Dr. Stacy Kennedy, said it was hard
to not run into her father's patients
whenever the family went out to eat.
"It's an interesting experience
because there's always someone
working there or eating there who
were one of his patients. They
always come in and they come up to
him and they update him on their
educational status or they update him
on their careers," she said.
A Charlotte native. Dr. Charlie
Kennedy attended Meharry Medical
College in Nashville after graduating
from Johnson C. Smith. He told the
crowd that he could not afford to get
from Charlotte to Tennessee for the
first day of med school. A local gro
cery store owner gave him money for
an airline ticket, just in time for him
to be on hand for the first day's roll
The financial support he accept
ed from the state required that he
return to North Carolina to practice
medicine for two years in a town
with 15,000 people or less. Instead
of following that path, he borrowed
money from the Winston-Salem
Foundation to pay off the state.
Untethered, he decided to train at the
newly-integrated Wake Forest
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Greg Davis and Wanda Starke share a laugh with Dr. Kennedy (right)..
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Program helps 'members' come out of shells
BY TODD LUCK
The iCan House raised funds and awareness at St. Paul's
Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 20.
The iCan Do Lunch stressed the mission of the nonprofit, which
helps local people who have social difficulties caused by mid-to
high functioning autism and various other disorders, though no
See ICan on A8
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