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fly RUTHELL HOWARD
A columnist's criticism of black school
employees for publicly voicing opinions on the
reorganization of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County School System has reaped a fiery
response from the attorney of a local teachers
Editorial writer John Falls of the WinstonSalem
Sentinel argued, in a March 21 commentary,
that cityounty school Superintendent
Zane Eargle should have reprimanded assistant
principals Victor Johnson and Larry Womble
Former Black Churchgi
I By RUTHELL HOWARD *
This article is the last of a two-month series.
Few black people in Winston-Salem stray fi
series examining \
6/<zc? churches ^
Christian faith, which has been the cornerston
black American religious experience since slaver
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By RUTHELL HOWARD
The 30-member Patterson Avenue YMC
of Directors has contributed $67,500 toward
CA Capital Fundraising Campaign. This <
made the Patterson Board the highest coi
^ among the Y branches that made initial c
The Patterson Board, and four other boai
Metropolitan Board, the Central YMCA B<
East Forsyth Board and the Managemen
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for publicly airing positions on the possibility
of neighborhood schools in the lower grades.
44Jim Adams~woutd have been enraged/*
Falls began the column, referring to former
school Superintendent Dr. James Adams.
4'(But) Zane Eargle greeted the latest harebrained
scheme for reopening 'neighborhood
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schools' witn sioicai suence. ^ucn is me contrast
between the old and the new
44It would have been bad enough, in Adams'
view, to have two members of the board of
education talking 'out of school,"' the column
continued. "It would have been unpardonable
lers Have Found Them
But there are alternatives.
Winston-Salem has a growing Musi
there are black people who have ch
Jewish, Rastafarian and Baha'i faith
'om the Unitarian-Universalist Church, which
? While there is no one reason why bl
Christian church to become member
k many say they left because of dissati;
^ they wanted a religion or faith that w
h or applicable in their everyday lives.
Such was the case for Khalid Ab<
has been a Muslim for 10 and oneW
Faruq Abdur-Razzak, 36, who has
I Both are members of the Institute
e of the merit and are former Christians. Thi
y. Please see page 3
ve. YMCA Bo
pledged a total of $369,000 to kick
The drive, which will fund va
' jects, has as its priority the buildii
\ Board Y Center at Winston Lake Park i
the YM- replace the aging Patterson
itributor The immediate goal in East W
ampaign 1,000 contributions so that the Wi
can receive a $100,000 challenge g
rds ? the Babcock Reynolds Foundation.
5ard, the "It (the board's decision to dor
t Board, ment that everybody on that be
Although radio station
M ~ gospel announcer Mary Bi
M see people with her eyes, \
says she sees others with
I , spiritual sight.
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Wins ton-Salem Community Since 1974"
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for two assistant principals - whatever their
political credentials -- to lend their names to
- the cause."
Falls also criticized school board members
Beeaufort Bailey and John Holleman for expressing
interest in neighborhood schools, accusing
Holleman of using a "political oportunity"
to exploit a "phony neighborhood school
Jim Cooley, attorney for the Forsyth
Association of Classroom Teachers, replied in a
letter to Sentinel editorial page editor Bryan
Haislip last week that Falls' column expresses
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siaction. vomers say
as more meaningful
half years, and for M
been a Muslim for m
for Islamic Involveey
say they were at- Members of the Islami<
150 local blacks who 1
?ard Pledges $6
: off the campaign. make to see that the bu
rious YMCA pro- White, a board member'
ig of a new Family Board's Family Gifts Di
in East Winston to White said tne ooara
Avenue facility "family gift" to help bu
? to provide an incentive
inston is to obtain black community, to sui
inston Lake project "You're talking abou
rant from the Mary nearly $70,000 and we''
people in the city," Wh
late) was a commit- Added Patterson A1
>ard was willing to Glover: "In any campai
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But Could Increase, &?ys
By ROBIN ADAMS
Are black principals, particularly those
on the senior high level, a vanishing breed
Of the five local senior high schools,
not one has a black principal.
In fact, only 13, or 20.64 percent, of the
entire city/county school system's 63 '
principals are black. The system serves
14,691, or 37.8 percent, non-white
But Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
Assistant to the Superintendent James
Dew says that the city has almost the same
number of black principals now as it had
in 1969, when the local schools were
desegregated. Dew says that then there
were 15 black principals, four of them at
predominantly black high schools.
What happened to those four black
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nign scnooi principals auer desegregation?
" '' wUt. Robert
firbwer, wha was fmncS&al at
Anderson Senior High School, stayed on
at Anderson when it - became a 9-10
?school. He then became principal of West
Forsyth Senior High School, and is now
principal of Walkertown Junior High
Dew, who was principal of Atkins
Senior High School, stayed on at Atkins
when it became a 9-10 school for two
years and later moved to the school
system's central office.
Melvin Scales, who was principal of
Paisley Senior High School, stayed at
Paisley when it became a 9-10 school until
he retired. And Carver Senior High
School principal Dan Smith retired one
year after integration.
As far as the system's current 13 black
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7,500 To ware
ilding was built," said Mel ly group first
who served on the Patterson fantastic."
vision. Marshall 1
was committed to giving a Division, sai
iild the new facility and also lectively ple<
for others, especially in the for the comi
pport the campaign. Hairston j
t 30 people coming up with that each m<
e got nearly 50,000 (black) over a perio
ite said. "If we cc
venue Y Director Richard position to
gn, you start with your fami<
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Thursday, March 31, 1983
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principals are concerned, five are female,
and the majority handle the lower grade
Eight of the 36 local elementary schools
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Diggs, Forest Park, Hall-Woodward,
Kimbcrley Park, Latham, Lowrance and
Black principals also head three of the
system's 11 junior high schools -Kernersville,
Northwest and Walkertown.
"The community hasn't pushed
the school board and politicians
for black principals and pressure
groups like the NAACP have not
pushed this thing in the courts. "
? Victor Johnson
And Kennedy and Paisley, two of the J
But the five senior high schools are
headed by white principals, a situation
?that is not uncommon throughout the
state. According to a column written by
T. Dianne Small, advisor to the NAACP
State Youth Conference, the number of
~~ black principals in charge of senior high
schools in North Carolina is fewer than, I
But where blacks are lacking in principalships,
they are making up for in the
numbers on the central office and administrative
staff, Dew contends.
"In 1969 there were no blacks at the
central office," Dew says. "But now
many of us moved to the central office.
The state/is" full of black assistant prinP/ease
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estimated that there are as many as
i Campaign ~~|
It was an excellent showing. I think it's
Hairston, chairman of the Family Gifts
d the board members' willingness to colige
more than $60,000 sets an example I
?aid the board had no specific goal, but
rmber was asked to give a "stretch gift"
d of five years.
>ntribute, then, of course, wc arc in a
ask others," Hairston said. "1 was
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