Health and politics to be discussed at Forum Saturday [
Spccul to The chronicle
The Black Leadership
Roundtable and the local chap
ter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror
ity have coordinated a health
and political initiatives forum
that will be held from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. at the Anderson Center, on
the campus of Winston-Salem
State University, Saturday.
The day is designed to pre
sent key health and political ini
tiatives in Forsyth County as
they relate to local, state and
The forum is free and open to
the general public. But early reg
istration is requested because
space is limited. To register or
obtain additional information
call 650-0845, 724-2971 or 659
The agenda for the forum is
8-8:40 a.m. : Conference
overview, welcome, prayer and
youth essay contest winners.
8:45-9:45 a.m.: Children's
health issues, women's health
issues and men's health issues.
All discussions will be held con
currently in different locations.
Each discussion will be led by a,
group of local experts.
10-11:30 a.m.: Congressional
Town Hall Meeting with U.S.
Reps. Mel Watt and Richard
Burr. WSSU Chancellor will
give an official welcome from
the university before the meet
ing. Citizens will get a chance to
ask the congressmen questions.
1-2:15 p.m.: A forum on
"state initiatives in education"
and a forum on "infant mortali
ty and growing older." The
forums are concurrent and will
feature panels of local experts. ,
,2:20-3:20 p.m.: (Concurrent
sessions) Testing in public ?
schools forum, HIWAJDS
forum, environment forum, and
a forum on strokes. It will fea
ture panels of local experts.
3:25-4:25 p.m.: (Concurrent
sessions) Nutrition and diabetes
forum, forum discussing the
work force in the 21st century,
hypertension forum and a forum
on Social Security, SSI,
Medicare and Medicaid. All
forums will feature local experts.
4:30-5 p.m.: Evaluation and
Photo by T. Kevin Walker
This site en 14th Street, near the intersection of New Walker town Rood, will be home to a new com
munity-owned cafeteria. %
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"This was the only (site) that
<had enough acreage to (build) a
new facility," said James Grace, the
president of the East Winston
- CDC. "People thought that if we
(leased) a site we would never be
able to fully control the site."
The high traffic volume in the
area will benefit the cafeteria in the
long run, and the burgeoning com
l mercialization in the area will add
- value to the she, Grace said.
"Once we get this built, the
value of the building is goingto go
up because of the land yalue," he
The CDC and the Ministers
I Conference have headed efforts to
; bring a community-owned, K&W
? style restaurant to the area since
the idea was first tossed around at
a black economic summit nearly
six years ago.
When completed, the cafeteria
will be the only one of its kind (n
I the area, joining a few existing fast
? food restaurants.
David Capital, a for-profit cor
poration, was formed earlier this
year to lure investors fo the East
Side Cafeteria project. Officials
have mainly concentrated on black
churchgoers and others in the East
Winstor) community, offering S1-0
shares , of* stock and swaying
investors' with talk of community
ownership and empowerment.
? Grants from the Department
of Health and Human Services for
more than $200,000 also have
been contributed to the effort.
David Capital is still in the
process of trying to sell enough
shares to cover the cafeteria's pro
jected cost of nearly $2.5 million.
Earlier this year, officials esti
mated that the project would cost
hundreds of thousands of dollars
less, but Grace said once more and
more stockholders signed on, the
project's direction changed.
The facility will now be 15,000
square feet - instead of 10,000
square feet - so that the cafeteria
will have enough" room for a ban
quet hall and meeting room. Many
of the churches that have become
involved in the project insisted on
the additions, Grace said.
He said he hopes to break
ground on the building in Septem
ber. Talks are progressing with
construction and architectural
About $150,000 worth of stock
has already been bought, mostly
by members of local churches;
Grace said. _
tal will need
at least $1
believes the I
money can be I
a handful of churches have been
tapped thus far and the business
community here has been com
"We have not even started ask
ing the business community for
support, and people in the commu- -
nity continue to come and buy
(shares)," Grace said.
Although its future location is
but a patch of dense trees at this
time, officials have grand plans for
the restaurant. It will have enough
space to comfortably seat more
than 200 customers. It will serve
breakfast, lunch and dinner at
prices that will be gentle on the
wallet and provide employment
opportunities to dozens of locals.
Neither the East Winston CDC
nor the Ministers Conference will
actually run the cafeteria.- That
responsibility will fall on the shoul
ders of FDY Inc., a Charlotte
based African American-owned
food service company that David
Capital will contract with to man
age EastSide. But the 40 or so peo
ple who will work at the restaurant
will all be local, Grace said. Job
applications for the new cafeteria
are already available at the CDC s
office in the Winston Mutual'
He added that FDY will be
required to train locals for man
Grace still hopes the restaurant
will spur on development in East
Winston, a community that sees
fairly little new construction.
"The sky is the limit," he said. '
"Once people see this done, we will
be able to get investors (in East
Looking down the road, Grace
said he would like to see a hotel in
the area as well as more office,
buildings and apartments. In an
early blueprint of the cafeteria in
its new location, office buildings,
condos and even a pond haye been
sketched in so that potential
investors can see the possibilities.
But the process of getting the
project to the point it is at now has
not been without a few snags and a
lot of naysayers. Grace said that
many people were wary of buying
stock, especially since the restau
rant had no location. And there
have been doubters since day one,
"Some people have not given it
a chance. At each stage there have
been people who say, 'No, you
won't get it done,'" Grace said.
"That's not going to change
because people have been acclimat
ed to think like that."
Gface says everyone should
have confidence in the cafeteria's
success once it's up and running. If
we build it, they will come, he says.
"If we have good food, if we
have a good looking place with
people who are very good employ
ees, what choice will people have
but to come in?"
Officials hope to open the
cafeeteria in early 2000.
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Winston-Salem, Greensboro and
High Point city governing bodies
, and county governments from
Guilford and Forsyth.
Guilford County appoints
three seats, and the other govern
ing bodies each appoint one.
The board owns and operates
the Piedmont Triad International
Airport. The board sets the fees
for all the commercial airlines,
oversees the police and fire depart
ments and approves a yearly bud
get. The board mirrors a city coun
cil except it does not have the
power to tax. Though no woman
has ever served on this board, a
handful of blacks have been
Currently, no African Ameri
cans serve on the board.
According to Oliver Bowie, a
former black board member
appointed by the Greensboro City
Council, that fact should not be
"I think it is very important
because then the whole communi
ty is represented." he said
Bowie served from 1985-1991.
Robert Brown, another black
board member, served with Bowia,
and ended his stint in 1992.
Vivian Burke, a Winston
Salem alderwoman and mayor
pro tern, will decide who the Win
ston-Salem appointee will be.
Burke, who said she knew of
no women or blacks who have held
the Winston-Salem seat before,
would not reveal the names of the
three candidates in the running.
"What I'll do is check with
members on the board and see
who they would like to have,"
Burke said. "It will be the end of
June before an appointment would
Hudnall, has served on the
board since 1990, and some offi
cials say the retired R.J. Reynolds
executive should be a no brainer
for the position because of the job
he has done serving as board
chairman since 1993.
When contacted at his home by
The Chronicle Monday night.
Christopher declined to comment
about the position because no
decision has been made.
Walter Cockerham. a PTAA
board member and Guilford
County commissioner, said that
Christopher played a major role in
wooing Federal Express, a nation
al shipping chain, to the airport,
traveling and meeting with FedEx
executives on behalf of the Triad
' "If you replaced him at this
time you'd be taking away our best
man." he said. "To my knowledge
the Piedmont Triad has not had a
It will be another four years
before FedEx will actually move
into the area. Cockerham says it is
"vital" that Christopher remain on
the board until FedEx arrives for
reasons of stability and because a
lot of work still remains and he
has the time and energy to get it
done and do it right.
But he wouldn't have a prob
lem with a new person being
appointed if the Winston-Salem
Board of Aldermen does it for the
"They will do the Piedmont
Triad area a grave injustice if they
use race, gender or political party
for their basis for replacing Mr.
Christopher at this time," Cocker
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