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Volume42,Number3 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, September 17, 2015
A move for Winston-Salem PrepP
Photos by Todd Luck
Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy is located in the building that used to house the original Atkins
High School, which was one of the city's four black high schools during segregation.
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School system in talks to move
WSPA from historic Atkins High
building to WSSU campus
BY TODD LUCK
Winstbn-Salem Preparatory Academy moving to the
campus of Winston-Salem State University may be part of
an education bond on next year's ballot.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is currently
in talks with WSSU about potentially moving WSPA's
high school program to the historically black university's
campus as part of an education bond currently in the early
planning stages. According to the school system, the
move would be contingent on WSPA remaining its own
school and retaining all its current academic and athletic
WSPA Principal Richard Watts said it would be a good
move for the school, which is a college bound magnet
"I think it would be wonderful for us because it gives
us an early college environment where students are on the
campus of Winston-Salem State University." he said.
Watts said the move would expose students to college
life on a daily basis and could let them interact with pro
fessors and experience cultural events and guest lecturers
on campus. He said once he explained to nervou^ parents
the school would retain its identity, parents and students at
the school have been supportive of the move.
If it happens, Hanes Middle School would move into
WSPA's current location and merge WSPA's middle
school students with Hanes. Hanes, along with Lowrance
Middle School, moved last year because of toxicity con
cerns on the school's land. Hanes is currently housed at
" the building of the old Hill Middle School, which is too
sm&fl to accommodate Hanes' more than 800 students.
WSPA's building, which housed the original histori
cally black Atkins High School on Cameron Avenue,
should be able to accommodate Hanes' student popula
tion, according to WS/FC Schools Chief of Staff Theo
Helm. He said if the move doesn't happen, the school sys
tem would look for other options for Hanes. He said the
idea for the move was first presented to the school board
in July and talks with WSSU are still in their early stages.
There will be upcoming meetings held to get public feed
back on the move.
See WS Prep on A2
President Obama's male mentoring program comes to W-S
Ministers' Conference holds
On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Ministers
Conference of Winston-Salem and
Vicinity kicked off its Male Mentoring
Program with a community day that
blocked off the intersection of Graham
Avenue and First Street for over five
The My Brother's Keeper initiative
was launched by President Barack Obama
to address the persistent opportunity gaps
faced by boys and young men of color and
ensure that all young people can reach
their full potential.
My Brother's Keeper Community Day
was designed to unite mentoring agencies
in the area with those youth who need it
The initiative has six milestones that
?Getting a healthy start and enter
ing school ready to learn.
?Reading at grade level by third
?Graduating from high school ready
for college and/or career.
?Completing post-secondary educa
tion or training.
?Successfully entering the work
?Keeping the students on track and
giving them second chances.
During the event, the street was lined
with vendors, many of which offered their
services free to the public, including free
haircuts, free sports physicals and free
See Program on A2 '
Photo by Tevin Stinson
Iver 100 young boys signed up for the Male Mentoring Program during the
Zitywide Community Day on Saturday, September 12.
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WSSU students analyze rap singer's music, which is used by Black Lives Matter
Social messages in latest album
compared to those ofN.WA
Music, just like history, has a tendency to
While N.W.A took a chance to tell the people
about racism and social injustice during the 1980s,
Kendrick Lamar, who is also from Compton,
California, is one of the few rappers today using
his lyrics to fight against the same issues that
plagued the African- American community over
20 years ago.
The spotlight has been shown on N.W.A
recently with the new biopic "Straight Outta
Compton," which remained the top grossing
movie for two weekends in a row. The movie is
about the members of the group.
Kendrick is known for his witty lyrics that
challenge the social construct of America. A num
ber of his songs have been used during rallies and
protests of the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Winston-Salem State
University students and educators gathered to ana
lyze the social messages in Kendrick's latest
See Music on A8
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