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Volume41,Number48 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, August 13, 2015
Shooting, protests put Ferguson on edge
BY JIM SALTER AND ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
FERGUSON, Mo. ? Ferguson was a community on
;dge again Monday, Aug. 10, a day after a protest marking
the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was punctuated
with gunshots and police critically wounded a black 18
year-old accused of opening fire on officers.
Police, protesters and people who live and work in the
St. Louis suburb were bracing for what nightfall might
bring following more violence along West Florissant
Avenue, the same thoroughfare that was the site of mas
sive protests and rioting after Brown was fatally shot last
year in a confrontation with a white Ferguson officer.
"Of course I'm worried," said Sandy Sansevere, a
retired health care worker who volunteers at the retail store
operated by the nonprofit group I Love Ferguson, which
was formed after Brown's death to promote the communi
ty. "What scares me are the guns."
The father of the suspect who was shot called the
police version of events "a bunch of lies." He said two
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Officers and protesters
face off along West
Monday, Aug. 10, in
Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson
was a community on
edge again Monday, a
day after a protest mark
ing the anniversary of
Michael Brown's death
was punctuated with
gunshots. (AP Photo/Jeff
A LOOK BACK: NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Photo by Tevim Stinson
Celebrities and festival-goers march through the streets of downtown Winston-Salem during the NBTF closing pdcade on Saturday, August 8.
Parade through downtown Winston-Salem
maiks the end of the 2015 Festival
BY TEVJN STINSON
The 2015 National Black Theatre Festival ended a record-breaking week with a
star-studded parade last Saturday night, Aug. 8.
According to festival officials, this year's festival had several sold-out shows and
productions. This year's festival also saw a significant increase in online tickets sales.
"We had a number of productions sell out before the festival even started," said
Brian McLaughlin, media relations director for the festival. "A number of our work
shops and other events Were sold out as well."
The parade, which marked the end of the weeklong festival, started in front of the
Marriott Hotel, 425 North Cherry St., and ended at the University of North Carolina
School of the Arts' Stevens Center, 405 Fourth St., also known as Larry Leon Hamlin
After reaching the Stevens Center, officials from the festival took time to remember
those who helped organize the festival in the past who have passed away, including
Larry Leon Hamlin. He created the festival and passed away in 2007.
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St. Louis social group keeps
NBTF tradition alive
Bus load comes in honor of late ftiend
BY TEVIN STINSON
The National Black Theatre Festival has been known to bring people from all over
the world to Winston-Salem for a week of entertainment and fun, but for Ann Rice,
Roselyn Scott and the "St. Louis Friends" social club from St. Louis, Missouri, the fes
tival means much more.
Rice and Scott first heard about the festival from their friend Sheryl Ann Williams,
who was a early supporter of the festival.
Last year, Williams passed away, but Rice and Scott were determined to carry on
In 1989, the three women piled into one vehicle and made their first of many trips
to Winston-Salem for the bi-annual festival. Every year since, more and more members
of the St. Louis Friends have attended the festival, all because of Williams. This year.
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WSSU welcomes 900 freshmen r
, Weeklong orientation eases the stress
) that conies with starting college
BY TEVIN STINSON
On Sunday, Aug. 9 Winston-Salem State
University (WSSU) welcomed a new generation
of Rams onto campus during the official move-in
day for the class of 2019.
According to the university, nearly 900 fresh
men arrived on the opening day of "Ramdition," a
weeklong student orientation for freshmen.
The first year of college can be extremely
stressful. To help ease that transition, WSSU
scheduled a week full of classroom sessions, cam
pus life workshops, and social activities.
The week of activities will end with a
"Through the Archway" rite of passage ceremony
on Saturday, Aug. 15. During the ceremony, stu- L
dents will march from the clock tower in the cen
ter of campus to the K.R. Williams Auditorium.
The activity is meant to officially welcome the
new students into the WSSU family.
Many parents could feel the family atmos
phere as soon as they stepped on campus.
Derrick Gregory Sr., a 1984 graduate of N.C.
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