North Carolina Newspapers

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER ',0, 1992
30 PAGES THIS WEEK
75 cents
Winston-Salem Chronicle
'"The Twin Citys Award-Winning Weekly"
VOL. XIX, No. 2
Walser is demoted
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by juvenile services
? His former supervisor says state practices racist policies
By TRAVIS MITCHELL
Chronicle Staff Writer
Juvenile services officials have
demoted 63-year-old Horace
Walser, former Forsyth
County supervisor of court
counselors, to the rank of
court counselor.
"It is a slap in the face
when
length
the system
"especially since I've
received satisfactory eval
uations." Walser reported
to the district 22 Lexing
ton office on Sept 1 . He
was hired as a court coun
Administrator of Juvenile Services
Thomas A. Danek wrote: "Because
of recent events in the 21st district,
I believe that certain changes are
required, including the nature and
" It's a slap in
the face . . .
you consider the eSDeCiallV S/HC?
of tune I ve been in ' , ,
stem," said Walser, / V6 r&CGIVGCl
satisfactory
evaluations ..."
- Rev. Horace Walser
selor in 1966 and has served as a place of your involvement in pro
supervisor in district 21 since 1969. viding services within the Divi
In a letter to Walser, State sion."
Walser's attorney, David Tamer,
said that neither he nor Walser have
been given a specific reason for his
reassignment. However, sources
indicate that it is related to an inves
tigation of his supervisor
Jim Weakland.
Tamer is representing
both Weakland and
Walser.
Weakland was forced
to either resign or retire
on disability because of
three heart attacks and
chronic arthritis in his
knees, but maintained that
he always gave Walser
excellent reviews and rec
ommendations.
He said that the entire system
practiced bias policies and contin
Please see page A3
(L-R) Janet DuBds, Barbara Montgomery, Larry Leon Hamlin, and Roaallnd Cash war# all smiles at
the opening night gala of And Still I Rise last Thursday night.
Gala opens And Still I Rise
Angelou's play held over
NEWS
BR
Skin color issue
TUSKEGEE, Ala
ny Ford, left, who is
Ford of making her light skin
said last week, "I have die
casian, but I am a very proud black'
Defendants must liwg
WINSTON-SALEM ? <jj?
Rev. Txg Faye Mads* Patrick^
Rodney J. Sumter axe scheduled to
federal correctional facility, Loft*
judge William Osieen
stay of execution until
After a lengthy
"Operation Mushroom
victed of peijury and ordered
sentence; former alderman
tnree years ana nve ihoikm,
tant Siimlcr received five years
Ma6k opens store
WINSTON-SALEM ?
Mack plans to open a
day, Sept 12, 9 ajn.~l p.m.
Back To Life Variety Shop,
Avenue (near 30th and Patterson
benefit theHBack To Ufe Center,
resources and support to
crisis. The shop wiD be<f|l|
by Back to life volunteers.
Black dollar week
WINSTON-SALEM
get Susan B. Anthony doflar coins
from banks Sept 3-13 ? ind
all their cash purchases. #>
News Briefs
Compfled from staff and AP reports
T
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Speaks missing
Relatives of Billy
Speaks, 23, are asking for the
community's help in locating
him. Speaks, who is mentally
retarded, was last seen at his
home on 1836 Center Street
(in the Waughtown vicinity)
where he lives with his
^gfrardian, Mary Battle. Any
one who has seen him is
asked to contact Savannah Dodd at 723-9273 or Patri
cia Dodd at 631-9805.The Dodds say he "has a habit of
getting in the car with people" and that he has no iden
tification on him. Speaks has a twin brother who is also
mentally retarded.
And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou's musical, which is
making its world premiere in Winston-Salem, has been
extended through Wednesday, Sept 16. It was original
ly scheduled to end Sept. 13- Tlie , soulful production
has played to sell-out crowds, attracted national media
attention, and won enthusiastic reviews from audiences.
"Demand was so great, we couldn't accomodate
everybody," said Larry Leon
Hamlin, founder of the North
Carolina Black Repertory Com
pany. Remaining shows are
Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Sept. 10-12) at 8 p.m.,
Sunday at 7 pjn., and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednes
day (Sept 14-16) at 8 p.m.
The musical is being produced by the North Car
olina Black Repertory Company (Black Rep) as a bene
fit for the 1993 National Black Theatre Festival, also
produced by Black Rep.
At the opening night gala Thursday, Sept. 3, the
REVIEW . . . see Page A8
National Black Theatre Festival Gala Steering Commit
tee presented a check for $45,000 to the National Black
Theatre Festival. The committee is made up of 25 cor
porate, civic, government leaders was formed several
months ago to cultivate sponsors for the festival. Co
chairpersons were Beverly Johnston, Demerice Erwin,
and the money will be used as seed money to help mar
ket the 1993 National Black The
atre Festival.
Larry Leon Hamlin, founder
of both Black Rep and the festi
val, said he originally hoped to clear $20,000 from the
musical, but now expects to exceed that amount
"The gala was marv-tastic," said Chandler Lee,
president and CEO of Classic Cadillac GMC Inc. and
treasurer for the gala committee.
Celebrities on hand for the opening night included
recording stars Ashford and Simpson, television power
house Oprah Winfrey, and Stedman Graham.
/ SPECIAL EDUCATION REPORT O
Minority students' CAT scores lower
By TRAVIS MTCHEU
/*hni 111 III I. O uH '?
LrnrOfwCnt otBTT WfTOf
As America peers into the Cuture
and the cracks in our nation's timeworn
foundation continue to widen, the 21st
century projects a blurred image of
crumbling cities and a hopeless citizenry.
Many educational leaders in Winston
Salem are prophesying that if the gap
between the academic achievement rates
of white and black students doesn't close
then that 'image' will become a focused
reality.
"Either we are going to take a stand
for our children/ says Walter Marshall,
school board member-elect (districtl),
"or we are going^ to have to write a
whole generation off." ^
The following is a summary of the
comparisons between the achievement
rates between black and white third
graders on the California Achievement
Test (CAT) prepared by the research and
testing division of the Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools:
Black students
? At the third grade, level black stu
dents in WS/FC schools performed at a
higher percentile level than their state
counterparts (black) for 1992
?As compared to WS/FC 1991 third
grade results, 1992 black third graders
were 2 percentile points lower on total
scores and 2 points higher on the mathe
matics scores (54 to 56).
?For the state, 1992 black third
graders remained the same on reading
scores and on the total scores as com
pared to the 1991 black third grade class
and declined by one percentile (47 to 46)
on the language scores. Comparing these
same groups, the 1992 black third
graders gained 2 percentile points on
mathematics (52 to 54)
Whtta students
?WS/FC white third-graders exceed
ed their counterparts (white) state-wide
in all areas on the 1992 CAT.
Please see page A7
Long time WSSIJ faculty member dies
Dr. Haywood Wilson remembered
Dr. Haywood L. Wilson Jr., long-time
vice chancellor for student affairs at Win
ston-Salem State University, died Satur
day, September 5. His many dedicated
years of service to the university made his
name synonymous with WSSU.
Wilson, a 1963 WSSU graduate, had
served as vice chancellor for student
affairs since 1975. He is survived by his
wife, Rosa Tribble Wilson, and his chil
dren, Haywood L. Wilson III and La Joi
Wilson.
Nat Irvin, vice chancellor of develop
ment and university relations, called Wil
son "a classical man: very much in the
best tradition of the black community. He
represented the very best that we can pro
duce. He was a tremendous role model."
Wilson was born on September 18,
1941 in the inner city in Winston-Salem.
Throughout his public school education,
he was recognized for academic and ath
letic achievement He graduated salutato
rian of his high school graduating class;
went on tp college and was recognized by
Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society
as well as Who's Who in American Col
leges and Universities. He graduated
magna cum laude from Winston-Salem
State University with a degree in educa
tion.
Wilson was widely regarded as a
scholar, a very dedicated administrator,
and a loving, caring person.
"To try to express to those who didn't
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TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 722-8624, JUST DO IT!
Or. Haywood L. Wilson
jr. y
    

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