Bass, Evans named Man and Woman of the Yea^j
By JEM YOUNG
A philanthropist and radio
pioneer lead a list of local resi
dents who will be honored for
their work in the community
next month by The Chronicle.
Retired R.J.R Nabisco exec
utive Marshall Bass and WAAA
owner Mutter Evans were
recently named The Chronicle's
"Man and Woman of the Year."
The two will be feted during
The Chronicle's 16th annual
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Awards Banquet March 13 at
The Benton Convention Center.
The winners will be honored
in a special commemorative
issue that will hit newsstands
Bass - who last year founded
the Marshall Ba-,s Foundation,
a non-profit philanthropic orga
nization that provides funding
to organizations who work with
youth - recently became the
first African American named
to the Board of Trustees of
North Carolina Baptist Hospi
Evans, a graduate of Wake
Forest University, gained noto
riety 20 years ago when she
became the youngest African
American to own a radio sta
tion. Since then, she's become a
community leader. Evans serves
on numerous local boards and is
one of the organizers of the
city's annual Martin Luther
King Day celebration.
The two will be honored
along with 17 other local lumi
naries during the banquet.
"I think our awardees as all
of the ones we've had for the
last IS years are dedicated com
munity activists," said Chronicle
Publisher Ernie Pitt. "It is
because of them that our com
munity is as vibrant and pro
gressive as it is."
Among the others slated to
be recognized are Winston
Salem Alderman Vernon Robin
son, who was voted News
Maker of the Year, Cook Mid
dle School teacher Devaldean
Penn who garnered The Chroni
cle's award for Community Ser
vice and Happy Hill activist
Floy Howie, who was named
Volunteer of the Year.
Fire Chief John Gist, will be
honored as Public Safety Offi
cer of the Year. Crossing 52 is
Human Relations Organization
of the Year.
The Chronicle will also rec
ognize three local residents who
had a significant impact on the
community in 1998.
Ben RufTin, who was voted
chair of . the University of
North Carolina Board of Gov
ernors last year will be honored
along with Carver High
School's Keith W9npiand Daaf
Piggott Wilkes, the school's ?
head football coach aad Pig
gott, the school's principal will
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Photo by T. Kevin Walker
Sgt. Brian Barker that himself on fob. B near Cole and Cragmore roads. The area Is home to the city's burgeoning Hispanic commu
nity as well as Latin businesses like the ones pictured above near Waughtown Street.
Barker not the first to blame minorities for grisly acts
. By T. KEVIN WALKER t
? THE CHRONICLE
Sgt. Brian Barker's descent
from martyrdom to premedi
tated liar took less than 48
- But, locals say, it will take
the city's Hispanic community
and other minority groups
much longer to forget the sor
l did events of last week.
"Everyone is astonished and
? relieved, but on the other hand
. there is some anger," Julio
* Pando Jr., the editor of Que
Pasa Carolina, a local Spanish
newspaper, said last Thursday.
"We paid a high price for some
thing that was not true."
The sheriff's deputy's story
- well known by most at this
point - began the afternoon of
Feb. 8 near Cole and Oragmore
roads in an isolated section of
The news that Barker - the
son of the sheriff - had been
shot spread across the city with
lightening speed - quickly
becoming the primary topic
around company water coolers
and dethroning the closing
arguments in President Clin
ton's impeachment trial as the
lop story among Triad newspa
pers and television stations.
' Barker, who had been shot
in the abdomen and presumably
hanging on to dear life, had
radioed in a description of his
assailants and their getaway
vehicle. Two Hispanic males
were Fingered as the trigger
men, and iseveral law enforce
ment agencies - headed by the
city's police department -
immediately began a massive
Police officers, sheriff's
deputies, highway patrolmen
and state agents set up check
points - stopping and searching
every Hispanic motorist
according to some reports -
and combed through heavily
But last Wednesday, after
tests indicated that the deputy
may have shot himself. Barker
joined a long and notorious list:
those who have created ficti
tious crimes and imaginary
See Barker on A11
"They (Hispanics) are the new passengers in
this boat... This boat of scapegoatism."
- Nelson Malloy
CIAA adds events to tournament calendar
By T. KEVIN WALKER .
THE CHRONICLE ;
When the CIAA Basketball Tournament rolls into Winston-Salem
Monday, it will bring with it more than diehard fans and great hoops.
After hearing fans complain for years that the tournament activities
away from the basketball court were the less than exciting CIAA offi
cials are promising events that the public won't soon forget.
"We discovered a long time ago that the tournament was more thin
just basketball," CIAA Commissioner Leon Kerry said in a statement.
"There truly is something for anyone of any age or race to enjoy."
ClAA officials say that Feb. 28, is definitely a day that tournament
goers and Triad residents want to mark on their calendars. Nearly eight
hours of events have been scheduled at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum on
that day, and all thent are free and open to the general public.
That day - better known as Super Saturday - will feature a varied mix
of sports activities and entertainment acts which tourney officials hope
will lure both the young and the old.
"We wanted to do something innovative," said Micah Fuller, the
director of programming for Street & Smith's Productions. The com
pany, which also televises many of the tournament games, has been
charged with organizing CIAA activities along with an impressive list of
One of the highlights of Super Saturday will undoubtedly be a spe
cial appearance by the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.
Several of the Globetrotters are alumni of CIAA schools. The Glo
betrotters coach, Tex Harrison, went to North Carolina Central Univer
sity as did Clyde "The Glide" Sinclair . Curly Neal once dazzled fans on
the courts at Johnson C. Smith University.
See CIAA on A9
By first count, black lawmakers '
fare better than under Blue .
BY DENNIS PATTERSON
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER "
RALEIGH - Black legislators, including some who were concerned
that House Speaker Jim Black would not be sensi
tive to minorities, will hold more committee chair
manships under Black than they did under former
speaker Dan Blue.
On the Legislature's opening day. Black defeated
Blue 60-59 to win the speaker's post. Blue drew the
votes of 51 Republicans and 8 dissident Democrats,
six of whom were black Democrats who said they
were concerned that Blue might be more sensitive to
But of the 80 committee chairmanshipsTianded
out by Black last Thursday, 22 will be held by
minnritv memherc and I "t hv women. That's 27 ner
cent of the available chairmanships to minorities and 16 percent to
Local legislators faired well under Black. Rep. Warren "Pete" Old
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Volunteers rally to save Odd Fellows
By T. KEVIN WALKER
Odd Fellows Cemetery died a
Near the turn of the century
when it was created by the Odd
Fellows fraternal organization, it
was the premiere burial site for the
city's black elite. It held that lofty
distinction for many years.
But time has not been kind to
the cemetery. It fought a lengthy
battle with nature and has the scars
to prove it.
The brothers of the Odd Fel
lows organization - who once took
pride in maintaining the cemetery's
upkeep began to die off By the
mid 1940s, signs of the cemetery's
own demise could be seen.
Autumn leaves from nearby
trees, which were once promptly
cleared away, lingered on the plots
well into spring and summer. The
cemetery's well manicured grounds
also began to sprout wild weeds
But even with the cemetery
showing some wear and tear, peo
ple continued to bury their loved
ones there. Many families who had
purchased deeds to plots in Odd
Fellows' heyday decades earlier,
could not afford to buy plots else
But when city-owned New
Evergreen Cemetery opened in
1944, - it dealt Odd Fellows a dev
astating blow. New Evergreen -
with its rolling hills and breathtak
ing views - was thought by many
to be a piece of Heaven on earth.
Over the years, as the plots at
New Evergreen began to sell swift
ly, the conditions at Odd Fellows
began to deteriorate at an equally
Bushes began to tilt headstones
and rain unearthed caskets that
were not buried deep enough. Plots
become unrecognizable under
mounds of grass and leaves and
the main road into the cemetery
was overtaken by coarse bushes
rendering it useless.
Although a few people contin
ued to be buried in the cemetery
through the 1980s, many of the
families who had put their loved
ones to rest in Odd Fellows were
having a difficult time locating
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