Accomplishments of youth touted at Human Relations Banquet
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Sixty-three students were honored at
?. the Nineteenth Annual Human Relations
Awards Banquet on Feb 12 at the M.C.
Benton Convention Center. The
- Winston-Salem Human Relations
Commission hosted this festive event.
The honored students represented
various schools throughout Winston
Salem and Forsyth County. These special
young people also possibly represented
some of our future leaders.
According to the Winston-Salem
I Human Relations Commission, it "is
poised to begin a new era of community
building that will place our youth square
ly in the center. We also recognize that
today's youth are tomorrow's leaders"
At the Human Relations Awards
Banquet, some future leaders were at the
center of a lot of attention at this well
"We have changed our format from an
awards banquet covering adult issues So
you know that you're the first youth that
will participate in a youth-only banquet.
This is your banquet in honor of you,"
said the Director of the Human
Relations Commission, Gene Williams,
to the excited students
The theme of this year's awards ban
quet was "Youth: Reaching for the 21st
Williams stated about the theme and
the award-winning students Tve read
quite a few of the nominations that we
have, and I can say with the nominations
that we've received, we will have no trou
ble going into the 21st century with the
youth that are in this room."
These selected students were nominat
ed by their individual elementary, middle
or high schools for this special recogni
Sharon D. Anderson, chairman of the
Winston-Salem Human Relations
Commission, said that the young hon
orees demonstrate good citizenship and
human relations skuk
"They are shining examples of what is
right in our schools. And they certainly
serve as role models for us all," added
Two young role models who were the
main speakers at the banquet were
Jennifer Bumgamcr and John Jackson II.
Bumgarner is currently a junior at Wake
Forest University, and Jackaoo is a 1997
Winston-Salem State University gradu
ate. They epitomize the concept of
Bumgarner has done volunteer work
in the Ukraine and in Calcutta, India
with the late, great Mother Teresa.
Bumgarner encouraged the student*
not to become cynical about soraeoftbc
enormous proMcms that may exist in
their own bves and in the world. She said
that the youth should focus on one prob
lem or one person at a time, and that they
can make a difference.
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Playing field not level for county's
African-American athletes, coaches
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By DAMON FORD, BOMANI MAWULI
and SAM DAVIS
The Chronicle Reporters
Docs the local public school system pro
mote an athletic network that prevents
- African-American students from receiving
" appropriate mentoring from role models of
their own race?
? Based on statistics alone, the "good-ole
boy" system, that appears to be used in4he
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools,
not only hurts the development of African
American youth, but it is also exclusionary
and stymies the progress of young African
Americans who aspire to be head coaches
on the high school level.
Black coaches are hired in the system at
a very disproportionate rate. Not only that,
but African-Americans do not make up the
percentage of coaches overall in the system
as they comprise in the total student popu
Athletic directors in the county said
they recognize the fact that it is important
to hire and retain African-American coach
es to serve as mentors and role models for
Marty Stanley, athletic director at
Glenn High School, said he believes the
local schools are coming short in hiring
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Dr. John Hope Franklin and Dr. Maya Angelou
honored at fifth annual Sit-in Movement Awards
By FELECIA P. McMILLAN
"All of us have been paid for ... Our ancestors paid for us
as they lay back to belly aboard slave ships ... You are liber
ated All you have to do is to prepare yourself to pay for
someone else who is yet to come, someone who who may never
know your name, but who will walk a little taller because of
The words of Dr. Maya Angelou rang out at the fifth
; annual Sit-in Movement, Inc. Awards Banquet, summing
? up the nobleness of the Greensboro Four.
Angelou concluded with a sassy scenario of "Still I
' Rise," a poem now dedicated to the United Negro College
Thirty-eight years ago, four North Carolina A & T State
University freshmen sat down at the lunch counter of the F.
W. Woolworth store in downtown Greensboro. The time
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Crime spree j
By BOMANI MAWULI
The CHsonicle Reporter
A string of robberies and sexual
assaults that have occurred recently on
the campus of North Carolina A&T
State University prompted officials to
hold a press conference on Feb. 13.
The A&T Campus Police Department
has reported four cases of robbery and
sexual assaults on female students. The
week later on Wed., Feb. 11.
With the safety and wollrbeing of its
students and employees at stake, A&T is
trying to respond swiftly to capture the
alleged perpetrator and put a halt' to
these horrific Crimea
Dr. Sullivan Welborne, Vice
Chancellor of Student Affairs at A&T,
Or. Sullivan W*lborn* (I) and Folic*
Chid John O. Wltttamt (It) oddros* rtw
and the university's Campus Police
Chief, John O. Williams, addressed mem
bers of the media in a "Safety Update"
"The four cases of robbery and sexu
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Leadership roles change
Part two: Time to refocus
By SHARON BROOKS HODGE
The Chronicle Editor
Dorothy Ross has stepped down from .
the chairman's role of the Forsyth
County Experiment in Self-Reliance.
When asked about the impact that
move will have, other board members
said they hope the organization can move
forward and refocus its energy on the
organization's mission ? helping people
rise above poverty.
"We have a strategic plan that involves
the welfare to work program. That's what
I want to be talking about," said John
Sheldon, who has assumed Ross's duties
in his new capacity as acting chairman.
Sheldon made his comments in refer
ence to a messy internal struggle involv
ing the group's paid staff and Ross, a
longtime volunteer with the group and
chairman of the board of directors.
TWo weeks ago, Ross, then chairman,
complained publicly that there was an
attempt to use her to as a mean to remove
the group's executive director, Robert
"The whole thing after me is to get to
him," Ross said in an interview published
in the Feb. 5 Chronicle. In a two-hour
interview, Ross alleged
that discontent among the staff was
so rampant, employees telephoned her at
Ross also contended that Law is an
inefficient manager hiding behind her
leadership. Law has been the director at .
the Experiment in Self-Reliance for more '
than a dozen years. Last October, Law
announced his plans of retiring in April
1999. But the 18 month notice became a
bone of contention for Ross.
Board members C.R Booker and John
Sheldon, however, said the matter was
less of an issue for some of the other 1
Ross sought advice from the organiza
tion's attorney, Beverly Mitchell. In a
Nov. 20 letter responding to thflt request,
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By DAMON FORD
The Chronicle Reporter
The University of North Carolina at
Greensboro served as the site for the first
African-American Cultural Festival.
The festival was held Saturday in Cone
Ballroom. Face painting, storytelling,
musical performance* and a dramatic
interpretation of Frederick Douglas were
some of the highlights of the program.
Many children could be seen making
arts and crafts and having their faces
painted, but a lot of parents looked at
the festival as a chance for the young
ones to learn. Sarah Cottrell brought her
granddaughter Denise Bigelow to "learn
more about black history and about the
things that went on before her time so she
can get a grasp of her roots."
Vendors from the Ujamaa Market
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