The News Argus
Feb. 18. 2008
Sculptures leave their mark
Black Men for Change hosts ball
to raise money for scholarship
Melvin Edwards, Beverly
Buchanan, Robert Bertoia,
Tyrone Mitchell, James
Marlow and Dennis Peacock
are all artists who have left
their mark at Winston-Salem
State. These artists' original
sculptures are part of
WSSU's efforts to improve
the campus landscape.
In 1979, James Marlow's
"Homage" was installed in
front of the Hall-Patterson
building. "Homage" was
donated by Ira and Kuth
In 1981 Melvin Edwards,
who is best known for his
"Lynch Fragments" work,
was chosen to set his land
mark on campus after win
ning a national competition
for WSSU funded by Gordon
Hanes. In 1983, "Southern
Sunrise" arose. It is the 12-
foot-tall steel sculpture
between Hall-l’atterson and
K.K. Williams Auditorium.
In 1984 a second competi
tion took place, and three
finalists were chosen to cre
ate new outdoor artwork for
the campus. The artists were
Beverly Buchanan, Roberto
Bertoia and Tyrone Mitchell.
Buchanan displayed her
talents with "Garden Ruins,"
the pink granite stone sculp
ture on the hill in front of
Ruins" is a gift from Gordon
Hanes. The sculpture was
a strange twist from
Buchanan's usual work. As
an African-American artist,
her art themes are usually
framed around shacks.
"Arbor Spirit" was located
in the piazza outside the
main auditorium and was
installed in 1985, but was
taken down in 1995 because
of deterioration," Bertoia
'Arbor Spirit," which
remains in storage, stands 13
feet tall and is made of
cherry wood. Bertoia said he
was told in the mid to late
1990s by Brook Anderson-
Linge, the director of Diggs
gallery, that attempts had
been made to restore the
sculpture, including trying to
cast it in bronze. However,
those attempts failed due to
lack of funding.
In 1985, Tyrone Mitchell's
"Po Tolo" was the next sculp
ture to be built at WSSU.
This sculpture, which was
paid for by the National
Endowment for the Arts and
Gordon Hanes, was placed in
front of the R.J. Reynolds
center. Mitchell named "Po
Tolo" after the Dogon word
for the star Sirius B. Mitchell,
who was born in 1944 and
traveled to Africa and
became interested in the
Dogon people in Mali. "Po
Tolo" was formed from his
imagination, combined with
the traditional ritual entities
that he encountered while in
Photo by Grant Fulton
Po-Tolo sits in front of the R.J. Reynolds Center on cam
pus. The sculpture was finished in 1985 by Tyrone
Dennis Peacock's "(Other)
Voices" steel sculpture was
placed in front of the
Thompson Center in 1996.
"(Other) Voices" was funded
by the Artworks for State
Buildings Project. Peacock is
a retired sculpture teacher at
the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville.' Photos of him '
constructing "(Other) voices"
can be viewed on his Web
view the photos, click on
To learn more about the
ideas behhtd the sculptures at
On Feb. 1, 2006 Black Men for Change hosted its
first Winter Walter Harley Black Men for Change
Scholarship Ball. Black Men for Change (BMC) is an
organization at Winston-Salem State University in
which young men strive for excellence.
The purpose of the ball was to raise money for the
Walter Harley Black Men for Change Scholarship.
Harley was a member of BMC who died of Sickle Cell
According to the Sickle Cell Disease of Association
of America Inc (SCDAA), sickle cell anemia is a blood
disorder that is inherited and affects red blood cells.
People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells
that contain mostly hemoglobin(S), which is an
abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red
blood cells become crescent shaped (sickle-shaped)
and have difficulty passing through small blood ves
sels. When these sickle-shaped cells block small blood
vessels, less blood can reach that part of the body.
Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow
eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the
complications of sickle cell anemia disease.
Currently, there is no universal cure for sickle cell dis
Applicants eligible for the $500 Walter Harley Black
Men for Change Scholarship must demonstrate some
involvement with civic activities either in the commu
nity or on campus. According to BMC, service to oth
ers to improve circumstances is an admirable charac
teristic. The award will honor those who demon
strate this trait along with the others indicated.
Applicants must be a male freshman, submit an
unofficial transcript, have a minimum 3.2 CPA, show
and document 20 community service hours, submit a
resume, and an essay with a minimum of 400 words
about their experiences and future goals at WSSU.
BMC requests that application materials be submit
ted by March 21. All application materials should be
submitted via campus mailbox #14235. The winner of
the Walter Harley Black Men for Change Scholarship
will be presented with the scholarship award at the
Student Activities Awards program in April.
For )Hore information, applicants can contact the Black
■Men for Change President, Adeboivale Asaya,-at WSSU
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