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Make your W-SPrep ilHI as. gjjif on a roll jM The Chronicle ??, ' .% ' : %* ffr- ?? ? ' . '??s|M |.!t '? JSv''; ^'8-W-X' Volume43,Number27 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C ?THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 Cooper ignores Smith backers - . % " .'V? ' / ? i... I BY CASH MICHAELS POR THE CHRONICLE Student organizers from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Salem College went to the offices of N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday to deliver a letter and a banner, imploring Cooper to help free Kalvin Michael Smith. Smith is a 44-year-old black man many say was falsely tried and convicted of the Dec. 1995 brutal beating of the manager at the Silk Plant Forest store. Smith was nowhere near the store at the time of the crime, his supporters and subsequent reviews have shown, and police, who did have a white male suspect, inexplicably arrested and charged Smith. He has served 19 of a 29-year sentence. What they said Read the letter the Concerned Students for Kalvfn Michael Smith wrote to Attorney General Roy Cooper on Page A7. On Monday, student organizers unveiled a long banner in front of the N.C. Department of Justice that had the signa tures of over 200 students from all three schools, several from the Winston-Salem community, plus the signature of Alicia Garza, a founder of the Black Lives Matter move ment. A letter accompanied the banner, asking Attorney General Cooper to join with Kalvin Smith's defense team in asking the court to vacate his previous conviction and petition for a new trial. The demonstrators also want Attorney General Cooper to personally meet with former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker, who looked into the case at the request of the Silk Plant Forest Committee, and wrote in his report that it was one of the "sloppiest" police investigations he'd ever seen in his experience. Swecker told The Chronicle exclusively a few weeks ago that a member of Cooper's staff did briefly speak with him by phone about his report after it was released in 2012, but beyond that, no face-to-face meetings were had. "The report's so detailed, and it speaks for itself that ... if [the Attorney General's Office] read the report ... See Smith on AM Thousands vote early, smoothly in county BY TEVIN STTNSON - THE CHRONICLE Thousands of Forsyth County residents have already cast their ballots in the March IS primary. The early voting period, which began on March 3 and ends Friday, March 12, is the first time voters across the state^qll be asked to show a As of Tuesday, 8,213 CAMPAIGN people in Forsyth County ^ have cast their ballots in T g ? early voting, according to ' I * ejection officials. Ahead of the start of early voting, Forsyth County's newly appointed elections director Tim Tsujii confirmed that poll workers received additional training to implement the new voter ID process. A number of poll workers told The Chronicle that the training they received helped them prepare fa* the changes and issues that may arise at the polls. Sylvia Jones said although not everyone was aware of See Vote on A2 BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE fboto by Tbvin Slinvir Drama students from Parkland High School perform a skit during the dedication ceremony on Friday, March 5. Parkland auditorium renamed to honor Anderson BY tf.vin sttnson When asked about desegregating a community, the chronicle _ - ? Anderson said she didn't have any^ fears before her Last weekend Flonnie Anderson, a ? retired English and drama teacher in the I ssystem, received a birthday present that I she will never focget5 On Saturday March 8, Anderson's I 86th birthday, the auditorium at Parkland I High School was renamed to honor I Anderson, who taught drama and English I for 34 years before retiring in 1989. "I can't think of a better way to cele- ? brate my birthday," Anderson said. During her tenure with the school sys- I tern, Anderson taught at Atkins, Anderson and Parkland high schools. In 1970 a_j t ??_ - J ? i a ? ?-.* ? .? gllHip Ui Illgll >C1IUU1? MUUCIHN IUUK IU U1C stage to perform "Take Me Higher," a piece written by one of her students. "I knew there would be people who wpuld object, but I didn't have any reser vations," she continued. "During that time there were some people who would not support desegregation at all and that's what I told my students." The production of "Thke Me Higher" wasn't the first time Anderson used the atre arts to fight segregation in the city. She was also the fust black actress to per form with the Little Theatre of Winston Salem, now the Twin City Stage, located /uwcrson oroneuown racial earners wiuunuic w?rv? on Coliseum Drive. . , when she became the first teacher to direct a production During the ceremony, a number of Anderson s for that featured both white and black students following the integration of schools in the late 60s. See Aadtraoa on Ato Anderson sg IP l< e _ ^ <. 0 = ? * ? 6 e S if a I . ijIJ ASSUREDjEW = STORAGE ????iS of Winston-Salem, LLC ?c?r ????? V! ?*_ ? Itfl l|| |H 1 jk' B ph^B^ B I v I ? I I Question: Have you voted yet? Robyn Spearman Winston-Salem "Yes. I participate in early voting because it's less hassle and the lines aren't as long" See People on A2

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