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/ owe/ concedes nothing without a struggle. " ? Frederick Douglass
VOL. XX, No. 37
'She Didn't Deserve to Die Like That'
A Pregnant teen, 16, fatally shot in head by ex-boyfriend Saturday afternoon
By RICHARD L. WILLIAMS
Chronicle Exfeciitive Editor
When Roosevelt Hudson asked his sister to move to Win
ston-Salem, he cited a slower lifestyle in the South and told
her that there was less crime here than in their hometown of
Morgan, Pa. / : ? *
In July, Sheila Hudson finally succumbed, bringing along
her teen-aged son and the two adopted children of her
Although Morgan is a small town ? it is located just 12
miles outside Pittsburgh ? it has become like so many others
overrun with drugs, mostly crack, and the perils that accompa
"The city was a lot faster and there were more opportuni
ties for misconduct," Roosevelt Hudson said. "I knew that
there w^s some crime here, but it was not as widespread. At
least 1 didn't think it was."
It is ironic, however, that Morgan is yet to record its first
homicide this year, while on Saturday, Hudson's niece, Ceyls
Bennett, became Winston-Salem's 17th killing this year. Ben
nett. who was 16 and about a month pregnant, lived at 540
Kennerly St., with her adopted mother, and brothers Byron. 14
and Dwayne, 13.
She died from a single gunshot wound to the head,
allegedly inflicted by her ex-boyfriend Gary Joe Tart a tew
blocks aw^at 1635, N. Trade St. in the Kimberlv Park public
Tart was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Forsyth County
District Court on a charge of first^degree murder and is being
held in Forsyth County Jail without privilege of bail.
"You can imagine the devastation after thinking that I've
done something to improve and enrich their lives and then this
happens," said Hudson, a 38-year-old employee of Sara Lee
Knit Hosier)' who moved to Winston-Salem in 1980. "You
begin to .'^k yourselt: It i nad leit well enough alone, where
would she be now?'" ?
Family and friends say Bennett was a typical teen-ager
who occasionally ran with the wrong crowd. She attended
Reynolds High School for a brief period last year and was a
seeSHE DIDN 'T page 3
(The following articles represent the first of
a two-part series of extensive dialogue with area
rent and former drug dealers, and Veronica
Clemons tells how a young, former drug addict
turned her life around.)
B\ VERONICA CLEMONS
Chronicle Staff Writer
Some East Winston youths say if jobs
were more accessible, so many of them
wouldn't sell drugs or get in to trouble
"1 know the housing authority gets grant '
munefr *airi Sehastian Jeffries vw^-prp.&i.
dent of the Housing Authority of Winston
Salem's youth council . "They should use
that money to provide more jobs for us." _
Jeffries and some more of his peers dis
cussed the real causes of violence in their
neighborhoods and why young men and
women their age are resorting to crime.
They say there isn't enough for them to do,
but if there were jobs available to them,
there wouldn't be time for illegal acts.
Jeffries added mat there needs to be
more incentives for youths to stay out of
trouble and those who do shun trouble
should be rewarded. In addition to helping
youths get jobs. Jeffries also suggested that
grant money be used to help youths start
their own businesses in their communities.
Kia Singletary, 16, said youths are
being used as consumers of guns because
they can't buy them and they are not the
ones bringing them into their neighbor
hoods. They said the same is true of drugs.
Even some aclults agreed thai many uf
see TEENS page 3
About 200 people , including approximately 80 youths, attended the Housing Authority's two-day Crime Reduction Conference.
Eversley Tells Youths of Tools for Survival
By VERONICA CLEMONS ,
Chronicle Staff Writer
The Rev. Carlton Eversley, pastor of
Dellabrook Presbyterian Church, says there
are four tools for survival: educational
excellence, economic empowerment, polit
ical sophistication and spiritual sustenance.
Eversley told a group gathered in Win
ston-Salem last week at a crime-reduction
conference that young people~should be~
challenged, and should learn about the con
tributions of Africans and African Ameri
cans to national and international civiliza
"Your ancestors paid too high a price '
for you to have any rights to laziness or
stupidity," he said.
He said that in addition to learning in
the school system, young people should
learn how to get along, respect people they
care about, respect the elderly and young
men learn what manhood is all about.
Eve rsTe y d e live Fed th e keyn o t e
.address at the Housing Authority of Win
ston-Salem's first Crime Reduction Confer
ence. which brought together public-hous
ing residents and community leaders to
probe the issue of crime and to discuss
some possible solutions. Representatives
from at least nine other public-housing
authorities, as well as about 15 local agen
cies. attended the conference.
To achieve economic empowerment.
Eversley encouraged the audience to sup
see EVERSLEY page 3
Bv VERONICA CLEMONS
Chronicle Staff Writer
Respect, encouragement, friendship,
support and a hug and kiss every now
and then are a few of 4he things area
youths said they would like from adults.
The dialogue came Friday during the
final session of Housing Authority of
Winston-Salem's Annual Crime Reduc
The session was conducted by Mar
lon Shackelford and Alfred "Coach"
Powell of Black Brothers^ Sisters
Involvement. The duo, who are nation
ally known violence-prevention special
ists. conducted a^session with youths on
Powell said he was pleased with
both sessions and the attitudes of all of
the young people who participated.
V "It felt real good at the end," he said.
"And, the way the youth responded, Win
ston-Salem has set a pattern for history."
unce the youths stood in rfont of the
room and told adults what they needed,
adults responded by standing and repeat
ing one of the needs they had heard. The
youths were very pleased to hear their
needs repeated exactly the way they had
"It made us feel that grown people
really care about our feelings," said 16
year-old Tamont Bell, a member of the
HAWS Youth Council. -
"They found out how we feel when
they mistreat us." added Kim Singletary,
see YOUTHS page 3
Black Media and Tobacco
Cos.: An Unholy Alliance1/
By CAROL WEATHERFORD
SpeciaJ to the Chronicle
As pressure mounts for increased regula
tion of tobacco products, more and more
. African Americans are choosing sides.
Eleven Congressional Black Caucus
members, including Ron Dellums and Max
ine Waters, both California democrats, and
John Lewis (D-Ga.) are co-sponsoring a bill
that would ban smoking in public facilities.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the bill's
sponsor, chaired a recent hearing by the
House Energy and Commerce Committee's
Subcommittee on Health and Environment
where seven tobacco company chief execu
tives testified. After grueling, sometimes
intimidating, questioning by the lawmakers,
R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Chairman James
Johnston was convinced that some lawmakers
"They want an advertising ban . . . they
see UNHOLY page 9
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Residents Support Forsyth
Tech Branch in East Winston
By VERONICA CLEMONS
Chmniclc Staff Writer
If officials from Forsyth Technical Com
munity College had any questions about
whether East Winston residents want a satel
lite campus in their neighborhood, those ques
tions were answered Tuesday night.
About 100 people attended a meeting at
Carver High School about the proposed
Forsyth Tech campus at Carver School Road
and Lansing Drive. And by a show of hands,
everyone supported a campus at the proposed
"The attendance was excellent," said
Daniel Pickett, Carver's principal. "I don't
think people came the last time because it
wasn't publicized enough."
Tuesday's meeting was the second one
allowing citizens to come and show support
see RESIDENTS page 8 ^
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