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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, March 17, 2016, Page A8, Image 8

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PSmo by Tevin Stinxxi State Senator Rev. Dr. Paul Lowe Jr. discusses how Dairy I Hunt impacted his life during the prayer vigil on Sunday, March 13 t # Oiroajcle fik phoco Darryl Hunt is with Larry Little at a community day held by the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice in 2008. (Right) Peoples-Joyner speaks during a vigil held for Darryl Hunt at Emmanuel Baptist Churchon Sunday, March 13. Hunt 1 frontpage Al "We all know that Mr. Hunt was a for- 5 giving man," he said. "His life became a j symbol of determination and endurance for justice." Hunt's funeral service has been set for j 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Emmanuel j Baptist Church, 1075 Shalimar Dr. , In 1984, Hunt was wrongfully convict ed of the rape and murder of Deborah Sykes, a white copy editor at the Sentinel, a newspaper in the city. Less than a month after his arrest, The Chronicle raised questions about the initial investigation, which stated officers were looking for two African-American males, neither of which matched Hunt's descrip tion. The Sept. 20, 1984, edition of the paper also notes accounts from friends of Hunt who stated they were with him dur ing the time of the murder. After serving nearly 20 years in prison , or the crime, Hunt was released in 2004. t was then he dedicated his life to educat ng the public about flaws in the criminal ustice system and providing resources and mpport for those trying to rebuild their ives. Through The Darryl Hunt Project for freedom and Justice, and by speaking to aw students across the state, that's exactly what he did. In 2008, Hunt told a group of law stu lents at Wake Forest University that inno :ence projects are a lifeline. "If you can imagine yourself some where and you know that you don't belong here, then you can feel the pain that so many people feel that are innocent and cry ing out for help." Hunt also spoke out against the execu tion of Troy Davis in 2011. Davis was con victed of killing an off duty Savannah, Georgia, police officer, but many ques tioned the evidence in the case. Most of the witnesses that helped convict Davis recanted their stories. Hunt attended the hearing to show his support. Just last month, Hunt spoke during a rally held for Kalvin Michael Smith, the Winston-Salem man who is currently serv ing a 29-year sentence for the assault of Jill Marker at the Silk Plan Forest store in 1977. Hunt told students from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Salem College to demand that justice be served. "Justice has to come down," said Hunt. "We have to demand justice because what happened to Kalvin can happen to anyone of you." During the vigil, dozens of members of the community talked about how Hunt's legacy and fight for racial and social unity impacted their lives. Former member of the project Timothy Smith said he grew up with Hunt and his friend had one of the best hearts that you could ever see in a per son. Former executive director of the Darryl Hunt Project Pam Peoples-Joyner said Hunt encouraged her to be a voice for the voiceless. She also mentioned she is confi dent that his work will continue through the hundreds of people he has touched over the years. Peoples-Joyner fought to hold back tears as she recalled the good times she shared with Hunt working with the project. "I'm a better person because of Darryl Hunt," she said. "I made a promise to him that I will continue to fight for second chances and for those who are often over looked in the community. The president of the Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Bishop Todd Fulton, said when he first got the news of Hunt's death, he had a lot of questions for God. Fulton said he then realized that Hunt is now free. "I realize now that Darryl is no longer bound by the chains of injustice," he con tinued. "Yes, we will mourn and grieve, but ultimately we know he is free." BASEBALL^I 1??HI ,g SOFTBALL * 3/31 VS. FAYETTEVILLE STATE 4PM WSSU TENNIS COURTS 3/18 - 3/19 AT WAKE FOREST OPEN ALL DAY AT WAKE FOREST ? * #.i m ? .T?l .^B 1^ j.lTMm J^ ? ? | | .TV ? ?1 I |MI I I WT. I I Q L I Br IfHk^ Br I RHffifflM sli! J|f(j^ft| nwiMfvT*TiTii ' ?^*1 /n)AiI ICC 11 AT 141 CTI^C (vv wmWm \ LL I' I

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