North Carolina Newspapers

Vol. XX, No. 8
Winston-Salem State University
May, 1983
by Sam Davis
The audience at the Parents
Day/Honors Day program on April 24 was
treated to an inspiring speech by Don
Forney, community affairs director for
WGHP television station.
“Instead of going out partying and get
ting down, fraternities and sororities need
to go out and help someone,” Forney said.
“I challenge you students to do 6 months of
service to the communicy,” he continued.
“How many college students actually go
out and help someone in the community,
like the senior citizens?” he asked.
Forney then shifted his speech from
students to the alumni. “Every year, the
alumni at colleges come to town
for homecoming with thier new cars and
new clothes. They stay at the Hyatt House
and are very impressive around their
friends,” he said. But how many of us are
doing something to help our schools? If
each alumnus would go out and talk to 5
students and 1 decided to matriculate, it
would really help in these times when
recruitment at black schools is down,” he
“If its good enough for you to attend
Winston-Salem State University, then its
good enough for others,” Forney said. “We
need to strive for excellence in all we do.”
He then alluded to the excellent record of
Rams Basketball Coach Clarence
“Bighouse” Gaines. “I’ve always hated
“Bighouse”, Forney said jokingly.” When
I was in school at A and T, he would com
over to the gym with his big name stars
like Cleo Hill and Earl Monroe. They
wouldn’t just beat us, they would destroy
us,” he said. “At the end of the game he
would pull up his pants and look around the
gym with his ‘I should have beat’em by 100
points’ look.”
Forney said that students at WSSU
should be just as persistent in their
endeavors as Coach Gaines.” He proves
what striving for excellence is all about,”
Forney said referring to Gaines.” You
should have high standards also.”
Tony Brown To Give
Commencement Speech
Dr. Douglas Covington, Governor Jim Hunt, Gordon Hanes. Mel Edwards and Mitzi Shumate
at sculpture unveiling, story on page 10
T. V. Personality Tells
Honor Students
To Help Community
By Phyllis Jeter
Tony Brown, Television’s Civil Rights
Crusader,” writer, lecturer, and com
munity activist, will be the keynote
speaker for the 1983 WSSU Commence
ment Exercises to be held on Sunday, May
15 at Memorial Coliseum.
The News Argus spoke with Mr. Mrown
this week and he says the highlight of his
speech, which is a plan for the Eighties,
will focus on the use of black history to
solve the problems of black americans to
day and in the future.
Tony Brown is noted for his seven-year
tenure as the Host and Executive Pro
ducer of the legendary, Emmy-nominated
Black Affairs series BLACK JOURNAL.
He currently is the Host and Executive
the nation’s longest running, national
black public affairs television series.
In a recent review, Kay Gardella of the
New York Daily News said “Brown is an
impressive, low key narrator-host who is
doing the black community a major ser
vice.” She called TONY BROWN’S JOUR
NAL television series “the finest program
on television, that is targeted at the black
Brown who has won many awards is also
affilated with Who’s Who in the World,
Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Liv
ing Legends in Black, and the Black
American Reference Book.
Along with his pioneer work in televi
sion, Brown has also carved a fiery path in
the field of education. Until July, 1974, he
served as the first and founding Dean of
the School of Communications, and pro
fessor at Howard University where he
established a distinguished academic and
professional record. He is also the founder
and national coordinator of the annual
Black College Day.
Aside from his many achievements in
the field of communication and higher
education. Brown has been cited as “Man
of the Year,” by the national Newspaper
Publishers Association, one of the “100
Most Influentional Black Americans,” by
EBONY magazine, and a board member
of the National Black Child Development
A native of Charleston, West Virginia,
Brown holds a B.A. in Sociology and
Psychology and a Master of Social Work in
Psychiatric Social Work, both from Wayne
State University in Detroit, Michigan.
»euiH Argua Extra
Careers in Journalism
At age 27, Allen Johnson is Editor of the “best” weekly
newspaper in the state, see page 8.
James Parker talks about how he became involved m
photo journalism.
Congratulations 1983 WSSU Graduates

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