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Volume43,Number20 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- THURSDAY, January 21, 2016
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Photo by Tcvia Stinson
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis delivers the keynote address during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Forum at the M.C. Benton Convention Center on
Monday, Jan. 18.
Chains: Racism still exists
BY DONNA ROGERS
Winston-Salem has come a long way
regarding race relations, and appears to be
headed in the right direction, a prominent
civil rights worker and native of. Oxford,
N.C., told 1,200 people on Monday,
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
At the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
at the M.C.
Benjamin* Chavia -spoke about how he
dined inf doWfitoWn ' Winston-Salem on
"Once upon a time, you could not find
lis in downtown
The forum was
sponsored by The
Chronicle and The
Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem
Chavis worked in the Civil Rights
Movement with King as a young man.
"Racism, America's Berlin Wall?" was
asked at the Breakfast Forum last year. The
question remained the theme for the 2016
Various leaders answered the question,
telling what their organizations and agen
cies are doing to try to tear down the wall
of racism in Winston-Salem and Forsyth
See Chavb on A2
Find more coverage of the MLK
Jr. Holiday in the special section
Dozens march in the cold to honor Dr. King
Photo by Tevin Stinson
Below freezing temperatures didn't stop dozens of citizens from coming together for the Martin Luther King
Jr. Day rally and march held downtown earlier this week.
Despite below freezing temperatures and wind gusts
that could knock a small child off his or her feet, dozens
of people came together Monday morning for the annua]
Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally and march. This year, the
rally, put on by the Ministers' Conference of Winston
Salem and Vicinity began and ended at the M.C. Benton
During the rally, marchers carried signs that read, "W
S Needs Justice Now," and others aimed toward N.C.
Attorney General Roy Cooper. As they made their way
around the M.C. Benton Convention Center on Fifth
Street, chants of "Free Kalvin Smith," and "Black Lives
Matter" echoed through the streets of downtown.
The chants of "Free Kalvin Smith" started inside the
M.C. Benton Convention Center during the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Forum sponsored by The
Chronicle and The Ministers' Conference of Winston
Salem and Vicinity.
Kalvin Michael Smith is serving up to 29 years in
prison for the 1995 assault of Jill Marker at the Silk Plant
See March on A2
Question: What impact has Dr. Martin
Luther King's legacy had on your life?
By Tevin StinsonThe Chronicle
"Just knowing what he stood for in general
has impacted my life. What he did, he did for oth
ers and drat helps me because I can tell my chil
dren the importance of caring for others and not
to be selfish."
See People on A9
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