North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
?? & cS
Volume41,Number 13 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ? THURSDAY, December 4, 201JJ* g
Phoios by Todd Luck
Rev. Willard Bass speaks as S. Wayne Patterson
stands at his side.
Local leaders dismayed and
encouraged to fight for change
BY TODD LUCK
Local leaders have joined the chorus of voices
condemning a grand jury's decision not to indict
white former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren
Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an
unarmed black teenager.
The Winston-Salem branch of the NAACP invit
ed city officials, members of the Ministers
Conference of Winston
Salem and Vicinity and
others to Shiloh Baptist
Church on Wednesday,
Nov. 26 - two days after
the grand jury's decision
was rendered - to address
the contentious case,
which has sparked protests
and uprisings in the St.
Louis suburb and through
out the nation.
Dr. John Mendez. pas
tor of Emmanuel Baptist
Church and a noted social
justice advocate, said the grand jury process in the
case, which he called "a circus and a farce," angered
and disappointed him. He accused Robert
McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney in St. Louis
County, of acting as Wilson's defense attorney for
employing the unusual tactic of presenting a moun
tain of evidence - some of it contradictory - and wit
nesses to the grand jury, even when it did not support'
his case. Normally, prosecutors only present grand
juries with evidence that supports probable cause for
their case going to trial.
Brown was killed on Aug. 9 after Wilson con
fronted him and a friend about walking in the street.
(Shortly before the confrontation. Brown had
allegedly strong-armed a store owner and taken
cigars, but it is unclear if Wilson knew about that
incident when he stopped Brown.) There were sever
al nights of protests, some of which escalated into
violent rioting and looting, after the shooting as
incensed black residents reacted to the death of the
unarmed 18-year-old who many say had his hands
up when Wilson fired some of his shots.
While he doesn't agree with rioting, Mendez said
the uprisings helped to draw attention to a case that
may have otherwise drawn no national attention.
"If it had not been for the riots, this thing would
have been swept under the nig," he said.
Mendez also took issue with Wilson's descrip
See Ferguson on A8
[ Black Saturday ] f wf
Photos by Todd L.uck
Dana Suggs rings up customers at Body and Soul on Saturday.
Bus tour takes shoppers to
BY TODD LUCK
In observance of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, a bus shop
ping tour made stops at several local black-owned businesses.
The Winston-Salem Black Chamber Commerce sponsored the tour.
About 10 people boarded the bus Saturday morning at Winston-Salem
State diversity Enterprise Center for a three-hour long tour that would
take them to the businesses of many Black Chamber members.
Black Chamber President Randon Pender said she hoped partici
pants got two things out of the tour: "They'll understand the importance
of supporting small business and for the community to support black
The Black Chamber has 60 members, but Pender said that's only a
fraction of the 1,500 black-owned business across the city. She said peo
ple often want to support black businesses, but don't know where they
are. The tour was part educational, designed to showcase and expose the
wide array of local black-owned businesses. The bus simply stopped in
front of some businesses - like the first stop: Southside United Health
Center, a low cost clinic with a black CEO - so that riders would be
Sec Tour on A2
Serenity Pender shows off her purchase.
A SEASON OF GIVING FOR HANES
BY CHANEL DAVIS
THE CHRONIC I E
It has been a busy couple of
^w^fcks for State Rep. Ed Hanes Jr.
Two weeks after winning a second
term in the N.C. House of
Representatives, Hanes was practic
ing the kind of hands-on service for
which he is quickly developing a rep
"I represent the entire community
of the 72nd District, so when I have
an opportunity to engage with busi
nesses and the community at the
same time, I try to do that," Hanes
said after spending several hours on
Thanksgiving Eve delivering holiday
Delivering food donated, in con
junction with the Knollwood Street
The UPS Store, and prepared by
Noble's Grille has become a tradition
for Hanes, who was elected to the
General Assembly in 2012 to fill the
seat Earline Parmon vacated after she
was elected to the N.C Senate.
More than 200 meals were deliv
ered to nonprofit agencies for their
clients to enjoy. The people and agen
cies that benefited stretched beyond
his district; Hanes likes it that way.
He feels part of his mission as an
elected official is to build bridges.
"It is an opportunity for me to
introduce one side of my community
to the other side and do it in a way
that they can meet people, engage and
create relationships that can be ongo
Seo Hanes on A9
Photo by Chanel Davis
(From left) The UPS Store's Walker Houchin coordinates with Noble's
Grille manager Spence Wilcox and Rep. Ed Hanes Jr.
Lawyers practice grilling at soup kitchen
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Grill Team Six, a group made up mostly of attorneys that
provides and prepares food for local nonprofits, spent several
hours on Monday, Nov. 24 grilling turkeys in the parking lot
at Samaritan Ministries.
The more than 30 birds grilled by the group were donated
by two local churches and served last Thursday for
Samaritan's Thanksgiving celebration. (They also grilled hot
See Lawyers on A7
Photos by Chanel
~ ? ov
= ? g
Z: H a
? 2? ?
- u _i -
^ OS <N
= J ta u
~ 8 z. ^ fe
? en y So >
z. O K N ?
gf6?!'1!' ? ? ii^JirenPffiWP
W.1. "T^XJi ' ' STORAGEES&59 ?
of Winston-Salem, LLC ?jti|j|i(Urik^ ??
l i ,?>