Carver's Piggot named Principal of the Year
?y JEW YOUNG ,
It's been a banner year for
Carver High School.
And earlier this week, the
school received yet another honor.
Carver principal Daniel Pig
gott ** was named the 1999
Wachovia Principal of the Year
during a ceremony in Raleigh
As Principal of the Year, Pig
gott will receive a S3,000 cash
award for his personal use and a
matching amount for his school.
Piggott beat out five other
finalists for the title in the
statewide competition. Principals
were judged on a host of criteria,
including their ability to improve,
the academic achievement of stu
Last year, Carver earned
exemplary status on the state's end
of grade testing.
"Dan Piggott's innovative
approach to learning has created
an environment that inspires stu
dent achievement and success,"
said Philip J. Kirk, chairman of
the North Carolina State Board of
Education. "Under his leadership,
Carver earned exemplary status
under the state's ABCs account
ability plan for the 1997-98 school
Since taking the helm at Carv
er in 1993, Piggott has implement
ed several new programs, includ
ing the area's first trainable men
tally handicapped unit. Piggott
has also continued to strengthen
Carver's relationship with local
.businesses, including Sara Lee
Corp. The 13-year-old partnership
focuses on setting goals, training
staff and motivating students. In
1995, Sara Lee commissioned a
30-minutc video to mark the JOth
anniversary of the partnership
that included remarks by
renowned poet and Wake Forest
University professor Maya
Next year, Carver will be the
first school in the area to offer the
Cisco Networking Lab course of
study, which trains students to
become certified network admin
Piggott's award it the latest in
a string of awards earned by Carv
er faculty and students this school
"Dan Piggott is an exceptional
school leader who gives tirelessly
of himself in his role as principal,
teacher and mentor," said J. Wal
ter McDowell, executive in charge
of Regional Corporate Financial
Services for Wachovia, the award's
corporate sponsor. "By setting
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Guilford County School Board members listen intently during Tuesday's work session. Calvin Boykin was one of three black board
member! to vote.
I Greensboro OKs controversial redistricting plan
Brisbon calls bhck board
By DAMON FORD
After almost three years of
meetings, forums and work ses
sions, Guilford County finally
has a school redistricting plan.
Thd vote was 8-3. Three of
the board's four black members -
Calvin Boykin. Johnny Hodge
and Keith Green - voted for the
The plan is the first of its
kind since the merger six years
ago of the Greensboro city, High
Ptoint city and Guilford County
After the vote, board chair
Susan Mendenhall expressed her
pleasure in seeing her peers work
diligently to get the plan done
thereby enabling them to go
down in history having decided
to do something rather than
"This is a very historic event,"
With the new plan 31 percent
of the county's 61,000 students
will be reassigned to new schools.
While several residents on
hand at the work session
expressed relief at seeing the vote
go through, a number of others,
including those from the, black
community, were disappointed.
"I knew this was going to
happen tonight and I knew that
the black leadership was going to
do what it has always done," said
Ervin Brisbon, a member of the
the N.C. Racial Justice Network,
an interracial civil rights group.
"They even told some of th?
members of the NAACP that
they would vote against (the
plan) and then they stood up
there and lied in our faces and
voted for it.
"Johnny Hodge, Calvin
Boykin and Keith Green - I can
expect them to be the Sambos
that they are. They skin and grin
and bow to the power structure."
For four months since the
plan was proposed, thousands of
parents and concerned citizens
complained about the redisrict
ing lines. While many white par
ents didn't want to see their chil
dren bused out of their neighbor
hoods, black parents argued they
wanted to stop a process they
said forced their children to carry
the brunt of busing hassles.
The majority of the board
members say the plan will help
eliminate that problem.
Black board member Hard
ing Edwards was one of three
dissenters who voted against the
plan. He said he needed to see a
new map with all the newly
Many of his peers were leery
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from Children's Theatre
Committee member charges selection
process changed "midstream"
By T. KEVIN WALKER ; . f. . '*
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Roslyn Holmes-Martin has fond memories of The Children's
Theatre dating back more than 30 years when she was a first-grad
er at Saint Benedict's Catholic School. The school held season tick
ets and often treated students to top-notch pl^ys and musicals.
Her frequent trips to the theater planted a seed that flourished
into a great love for the arts.
As fate would have it, Holmes-Martin would find herself back at
The Children's Theatre years later as an employee. She was tapped
to serve as marketing director, a position she held for five years.
"When I was offered the position at The Children's Theatre, it
was like coming full circle," she said Tuesday. "Now, not only did I
attend this organization as a child, I'm here on the other side to
make sure that other children will be able to have the same oppor
tunity (to attend the theatre)."
Holmes-Martin was named interim executive director. As such, she
traveled the country looking for plays to bring back.to the children
of Winston-Salem. She was also responsible for running the day-to
day operations of the theater.
It was hard work, but she said she enjoyed it. So much so that /""
she applied for the position permanently and kept her hopes up as '
members of The Children's Theatre Board of'Directors scoured the
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Returning to Mecca
Local imam makes trip to the Holy Land
By T.KEVIN WALKER ? . ' >
THE CHRONICLE . ,
The feelings Imam Khalid Griggs has about the hajj he took with his
wife Safiya back in 1986 are bittersweet. <
Completing the fifth principle of the Islamic faith was a spiritual
high, especially since less than 10 percent of all Muslims manage to make
the holy trip. But getting there wasn't easy and staying there proved to be
even more difficult.
The Griggses boarded a plane stateside and 11 hours later touched
down in Jidda, a Saudi Arabian town that sits on the Red Sea. The bus
that awaited them was a sign of the rigors that lay ahead.
"The bus that took us from Jidda to Medina had no air condition
ing," Khalid Griggs said before breaking into laughter.
It was August - the hottest month of the year in the Middle East
and the temperatures hovered near 115 degrees. The heat served as a con
stant backdrop during the trip. It constantly pelted them with rays of
heat from above and it made walking on the sand like walking on "a!
They expected large crowds once they got into the sacred rituals of
the hajj - no hajj would be complete without that - but they didn't
expect their sleeping quarters to be crowded as well.
"We stayed in a guest house," Griggs explained. "It wasn't that bad
for my wife, but I was in this huge room with like 1.500 other men and
we were all basically sleeping on the floor." .!
Cool air, however, did flow freely throughout the room, courtesy of
several 10-foot-tall air conditioning units. But soon the cool ?turned to
cold. The frigid air inside did not mix well for the dwellers once they
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ThU Week In
April 90, 1884 - Enraged
by atrocities committed a
week before, the Second
Kansas Colored Volunteers
checked rebel troops at
Jefikins Ferry, Ark.
April SB, 1899-Band
leader Duke Ellington
born in Washington, D.C.
Liberians fighting to remain in U.S.
By T. KEVIN WALKER
The Miss Africa/African Amer
ican Educational Pageant has
become a tradition here. The event
features colorful Kente cloth and
beautiful accents. It's a place
where the traditions of Africa and
the culture of America meet in per
The seventh annual event,
which is staged by the Liberian
Organization of the Piedmont, was
held Saturday night on the campus
of Winston-Salem State University
with its usual pomp and pageantry.
Besides providing college schol
arships to several local young
women, the event is a place where
the hundreds of Liberians who call
the Triad home come to fellowship.
But this year, like the one
before, an ugly reality casts a shad
ow over the beauty of the pageant.
After years of living as model citi
zens in this country,- more than
9,000 Liberians may be forced to
pack up and leave the lives they
have struggled to carve out here in
"I think about it every day,"
said Frank J. Konah. a Liberian
refugee who may be forced to
return to his homeland. The
Liberians were granted temporary
protected status after civil war
erupted in the tiny West African
nation after a coup d'etat in 1990.
Liberia's unique relationship
with the United States contributed
to its political undoing. The nation
was founded in 1822 by the Amer
ican Colonization Society as a
place for freed U.S. slaves to return
to and live. The U.S. settlers ruled
over 99 percent indigenous popula
The century-old strain between
the two groups eventually led to
bloodshed. The carnage stretched
for nearly seven years, ravagirig the
nations economics and infrastruc
But according to U.S. State
Department officials, a cease-fire
in 1996 has restored peace to the
African nation, and recent free
elections have underscored
Liberia's commitment to democra
After being declared safe for
refugees by the United Nations in
March 1997, Attorney General
Janet Reno refused to renew the
See Liberians on A11
Cleaning up a landmark
Chariot Williams kneels by the grave of Private Arthur flood
win. Williamt lad a project to clean up historic Happy HM Ceme
tery. See the full story on page A3.
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