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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, February 05, 2015, Page A4, Image 4

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JIBMgL JR., a ?ygjyw^^ye* J L__J |t k | Lodge to honor hwdMrios Several local businesses and three individu-; als will be honored at the seventh annual Salem j Lodge #139 Black History Month Community Awards Banquet and Robert A. Miller Scholarship Gala on Saturday, heb. 21 at tbe Ramada Plaza Hotel, 3050 University Pkwy. Clark S. Brown Funeral Home, Douthit Funeral Services, Gilmore Funeral Home, Hooper Funeral Home, Johnson-Howard Robinson Home of Memory, Harts/if Id Russell Mineral Home and the National Black Theatre Festival will be hon ored for their many years of economic develop ment and long-standing support to the local j community. In addition, Ben Piggott, Council Member James Taylor and the Rev. Samuel J. Cornelius will be honored for their long-standing history of service and empowerment that have con- j tributed to the improvement of the quality of life in the Winston-Salem community and the greater North Carolina area. District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield will! be the keynote speaker. The event is a fundrais- j er for an endowment in the name of Robert A. Miller, a longtime community leader and one of the first African-American news reporters at the ; Winston-Salem Journal. Miller was a founder of the Victory Masonic Credit Union and a member of Salem Lodge. "Brother Miller was an outstanding busi-j nessman with a long affiliation with Victory ; Masonic Credit Union and Prince Hall freema sonry who was always willing to dispense j knowledge and wisdom to anyone that would j ask," said Kendrick Smith, the Worshipful Master of Salem Lodge. To serve as a sponsor or to purchase tickets to the event, call 336-771 2600. Museum offers tour The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem Museums & Gardens is offering a special tour during February in honor of Black History Month. The tour, titled "A Hidden Legacy: The African American Influence in Southern Decorative Arts," will be offered on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through out the month of February. Tours will take place at MESDA in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center, 924 South Main St. in Winston-Salem. On Wednesdays and Fridays (February 4,6, 11,13,18, 20, 25 and 27), tours will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday tours (7, 14, 21 and 28) will be held at 11 a.m., with an additional 2 p.m. tour on Feb. 21. The tour is also available by advance appointment during regular museum hours by calling 336-779-6140 at least one week in advance. Oub celebration The Northwood Estates Know-Your- j Neighbor Club will have its annual "African-1 American History Month" celebration on j Monday, Feb. .23 at 7 p.m. at the Carl H. Russell Sr. Community Center, 3521 Carver School j Road. The speaker/presenter will be John X. Miller, managing editor of the Winston-Salem Journal. The general public is invited to attend, however reservations are urged. Please call (336) 767-4087 to make reservations. Naomi W. Jones is president of the club, and Millie T. Davidson is chairwoman of the program committee. Rudolph V. Boone, Sr. (vice president) is the coordinator for this par- j ticular celebration. Statements tn Black History Month Democratic National Committee (DNC) I Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month: "This February, we celebrate Black History Month. It is an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that African Americans have made to our nation. Through innovations in technology, advances in medi cine, athletic and artistic achievements, and promoting social justice, just to name a few, African-Americans have helped move our nation toward a more perfect union. The understanding and appreciation fos tered by Black History Month strengthens our resolve to continue on the path of progress." Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the follow ing statement on Black History Month: "This Black History Month, as we reflect on the generations of African-Americans who con tributed immensely to the fabric of our country and to the Republican Party, let us honor their legacy not just by what we say, but also in what we do," Chairman Priebus said. "We pay tribute to those who have paved the way by rededicat ing ourselves to advancing the issues that mat ter most, from increasing economic opportunity to expanding educational options. It is our responsibility as Republicans to make sure every American, regardless of background, has an equal opportunity to achieve their own American Dream." School's name reflects Black History Month founder CHRON ICLE STAFF REPORT ?? Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926, designated for the second week in February, to coin cide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Later it branched into a monthlong recognition of black Americans and their achievements. Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 - April 3, 1950) is known as the father of Black History recognition. Jie was a black historian, author, journalist and the founder the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was a founder of "Journal of Negro History" in 1916. Many schools set aside a time each year to focus on Black History. However, a charter school in Winston-Salem can focus on Black History year-round. It bears the name of the Father of Black History. Winston-Salem Legal Aid Attorney Hazel Mack founded the Carter G. Woodson School, according to the school's website. Mack was dissatisfied with the education her daughter was receiving at her neighborhood public school. The Carter G. Woodson School opened in fall 1997 with 175 students. The Carter G. Woodson School employs 57 profession als, including school director Ruth Hopkins. The student teacher ratio at CGWS has consistently been 16:1. Fifty-nine percent of students at the Carter G. Woodson School are African- American, 55 percent are Hispanic/Latino and 2 percent are multi-racial. Over 94 percent participate in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program. AP Photo/The Herald, Tracy Kimball Members of the Friendship 9, from left, John Gaines, W.T. "Dub" Massey, Clarence Graham and Willie McCleod clap after a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespass ing and their records would be tossed out Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Rock Hill Municipal Court in Rock Hill. Famed US civil rights protesters have convictions erased BY MEG KINNARD ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBIA, South Carolina ? A judge has tossed out the convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the American civil rights movement. Judge Mark Hayes on Wednesday, Jan. 28, made the ruling for the men known as the Friendship 9. "We fannot rewrite history, but we can right history," the judge said. He then signed the order, and the prosecutor apologized to the men. Fifty-four years ago, in 1961, eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and protesting at McCrory variety store in Rock Hill. The men's refusal to pay bail money into the segregationist town's city cof fers served as a catalyst for other civil disobedience. Inspired by their courage, demonstrators across the South adopted their "jail not bail" tactic and filled jail cells. The media attention helped turn scattered protests into a nationwide movement. W.T. "Dub" Massey and seven other students at Rock Hill's Friendship Junior College- Willie McCleod, Robert McCullough, Clarence Graham, James Wells, David Williamson Jr., John Gaines and Mack Workman - were encouraged to violate the town's Jim Crow laws by Thomas Gaither, who came to town as an activist with the Congress of Racial Equality. About a year had passed since a sit in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, helped gal vanize the nation's civil rights move ment. But change was slow to come to Rock Hill. They decided to challenge matters by getting arrested in February 1961 for ordering lunch at McCrory's variety store, and were convicted of tres passing and breach of peace. Author Kim Johnson, who published "No Fear For Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9" last year, went to Kevin Brackett, the solicitor for York and Union counties, to see what could be done to clear their records. "This is an opportunity for us to bring the community together," Johnson told The Associated Press before the rul ing. ~To have the records vacated essen tially says that it should have never hap pened in the first place." Brackett's request to a Rock Hill judge came too late for McCullough, who died in 2006. But some of the oth ers returned to town ahead of the hear ing to reflect on their experience. The men's names are engraved on the stools at the counter of the restaurant on Main Street, now called the Old Town Bistro. A plaque outside marks the spot where they were arrested. And official and personal apologies have been offered to the men over the years. In 2009, a white man named Elwin Wilson who tried to pull one of the pro testers from a stool nearly 50 years ear lier returned to the same counter, meet ing with some of the men. They forgave him. African-American anchorwoman to speak on her life SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE WXII News 12 anchorwoman Wanda Starke will talk about Black History as part of the Carver School n i n i_ ivoau Drancn Library's First Thursday Friends Seniors Group event. The presen tation will be today (Feb. 5) at 11 a.m. at the library, 4915 Lansing Drive. Starke Marke has been with WXII for over 10 years and is very active in the community. She is also an award-winning journalist. Starke will discuss "Black Life, History and Culture," speaking on her 37-year journey from coast to coast and how she arrived at where she is today. This program is free and open to the public. Call 336-703-2910 for more information. Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County Want to be a Homeowner? Come to an orientation session to learn more about the Habitat program. Monday, Feb. 9 6 p.m. 339 Witt St. Winston-Salem For more info, fULilllLllI ? contact ii,,n,, ivianna rair Space is limited. 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