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BY CHER1S HODGES
County school system called Nov.
11a day for celebration.
But the NAACP and the Black
Leadership Roundtable called it a
day of protest.
, The protest centered around
the School Choice plan, a redis
tricting plan the groups think
County Schools back to the days
of Jim Crow law, where schools
were separate and unequal.
"Under this plan, what it has
done is built brand new multimil
lion dollar middle schools in
Kernersville and Clemmons," said
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Photo by Cheris Hodges
Robert Hainton Jr. prof**fx the school choke plan.
find hope, despair
in Snow Hill, N.C.
Following is the first of a two-part series detailing a trip made
by nine Winston-Salem Slate University students to Snow Hill,
N. C. The university is part of a statewide effort to get students at
historically black colleges and universities involved in cleanup
efforts in the wake of Hurricane Floyd
BY JER] YOUNG
7:25 a.m. - When Atiya Dennard arrived at the Thompson
Center, two Saturdays ago, she was excited.
Dennard, a senior from Greenville with a quick wit and infec
tious laugh, was returning home to help victims of Hurricane
One of two students on the trip from the eastern part of the
state, Dennard said she relished the chance to help out.
"I know people in that area," she said. "This has been really,
really hard on them. 1 think that this is just my time to help out."
Dennard was part of a group of students who ventured out
2 from the university's campus to make the almost four-hour jour
ney to Snow Hill, N.C., a tiny hamlet in the eastern part of the
Most were sociology majors who came to get a feel for the
world they would face as social workers.
The vast majority had never heard of Snow Hill, much less
been there. But they were all united in one goal - to help people
touched by the flood get back on their feet.
Part of a statewide effort to get historically black colleges and
/ universities involved in flood relief, the state's HBCUs are paired
. ^ with a county in the eastern part of the state. During the first part
v of the project, students hand out information on safety and ser
>* vices available to flood victims. Later, the students will return to
help clean up flooded houses and buildings.
> Students have sponsored their own flood relief efforts on cam
'2 pus. including a food drive sponsored by a fraternity and a cloth
?2 ing drive sponsored by two students.
' But this was the first time most students would actually see
what a flooded town looked like.
, ; "We've done other things," said Gail Favors, coordinator of
community service and service learning. "We just haven't been
'r out yet."
Favors had lofty goals for her students.
"I hope they get good communications skills out of this.
7:53 a.m. - After what seemed hours of waiting for lunches (
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Photos by Jeri Young
"hrystql Beamon peeks out of the door of her temporary home -
i trailer set up in her front yard.
Storytellers' annual festival opens in Winston
OBY CHERIS HODGES
> Storytelling is a tradition born
in African villages.
.. It was raised in America so the
past would not be forgotten.
This week in Winston-Salem,
rife tradition of telling colorful
titles lives on.
; ? The National Association of
Sack Story Tellers' 17th annual
ack Storytelling Festival began
yesterday and runs through Sun
day. The festival will honor story
idler and writer Eleanora Tate and
Jtjhn Hope Franklin. Both will
fioceive the NABS Zora Neale
Hurst on award at a banquet Satur
day night in the Adam's Mark
?t Darby West, a member of the
North Carolina Association of
Black Story Tellers, said members
of the group are excited Winston
Salem won the right to hold the
festival this year. The group
expected to have more than 1,000
people from Canada, the '
Caribbean and other countries
attend the festival. The opening
ceremonies for the festival begin
tonight at 7. At 8:30, the group will
march from the Adam's Mark
down to the Sawtooth Building on
Marshall Street to continue the
opening night festivities.
Storytellers from all genres of
the oral tradition will be present
this week continuing the tradition
of entertaining and informing. The
school system has teamed up with
NABS to bring the storytellers to
Today, many students in area
schools will get a chance to see and
feel the magic of storytelling.
"We have three elementary and
three middle schools that are part
nered with the adopt a storyteller,"
said Willette Nash, cultural infu
sion specialist with the school sys
The schools participating in the
adopt a storyteller program are
Kimberley Park. Diggs and Moore
elementary schools and Atkins,
Hanes and Paisley middle schools.
"A storyteller will go into the
six schools for an hour." Nash
She said the children will have a
chance to see the rich tradition of
African and African American cul
ture and gain from the experience.
"Elementary students really
enjoy being read to and hearing
stories," said the former elemen
tary teacher. "I think the children
will be enriched by learning from a
culture other than the mainstream
According to Nash, this festival
adds to the schools system's push
for multiculturalism in education.
Atkins Middle School has been
involved with the festival all week.
Nash said students from the school
attended the youth conference the
TTie youth workshops are being
held at the Anderson Center, on
the campus of \^jnston-Salem
For more events during the con
vention, see page CI.
for school rally
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
It was part pep rally, part
variety show - rejuvenating to
some people and a waste of pre
cious time to others.
The school system convoca
tion held last week at the colise
um was not all things to all peo
ple, but all employees of the sys
tern were mandated to be there.
Billed as a time for all of
those involved in educating chil
dren to "come together," the con
vocation brought every secretary,
teacher, principal, custodian,
cafeteria worker, bus driver,
teacher's assistant and adminis
trator in the county together
Se, Convocation on AS
discuss action on
BY PAUL COLLINS
At its meeting tonight, the Black Leadership Roundtable of Winston
Salem/Forsyth County will consider launching a
massive petition drive, a letter-wnting or telephone
campaign or other actions to protest the demotion of
three African American police officers this month for
alleged lax police supervision of a rap concert Aug.
28 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Many black leaders think the police officers are
unfairly being made to take the rap and that higher
ups should be disciplined.
Police Chief Linda Davis demoted Sgts. Chuck
Byrom and Steve Hairston to the rank of senior
police officer, and demoted Sgt. Victor Robinson two
ranks to police officer. Davis took that action after
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multiple acts, including the infamous Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew
Stuart's report said, among other things, that there was lax police super
vision. The report said fights and nudity were rampant throughout much
of the concert. The report said that there is a possibility that an actual act
of oral sex took place on stage that night, though no security personnel
reported seeing such an act. "Hie Police Department is investigating.
Nine off-duty police officers were hired by the concert promoter to pro
vide security for the concert. They were part of a security force that includ
ed 14 nonpolice security guards, nine door guards and 16 ushers.
A police tactical squad was on standby outside of the coliseum in case
the situation inside got out of hand, but the team was never called.
Stuart's report criticized not only security but Bucky Dame, the colise
um manager, and concert promoters.
See Roundtobl? on AS
University professor banking on
survival of war-torn African nation
BYT. KEVIN WALKER
Frederick Hunder, 63. is a college professor in a country that is cling
ing on to hope and survival.
He prepares his lessons and grades assignments by candlelight, and
he has been paid in food many times in the past.
But even though he was educated in the United States and many
members of his family fled to this country long ago, Hunder says he
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His heart is in Liberia, and that is where his
address will remain - forever. Hunder said.
Liberia, a tiny West African nation, is inching
its way back from a decades-long civil war. Bitter
fighting has devastated the country's infrastructure
and created a mass exodus among its citizens, who
are disbursed around the world.
The University of Liberia, located in the capital
city of Monrovia, was not spared from the destruc
tion. Electricity and running water in school build
ings are rare, but human deficiencies have been
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"(The war) created a serious brain drain at the university," he said. '
Hunder has been at the school for 35 years; he currently teaches biol
ogy and serves as the acting dean of the department of science and tech
nology. But Hunder's long tenure is unique. Many professors and stu
dents were killed during the war; many others fled and took their exper
tise to other nations.
Hunder, who attended Syracuse University in the 1960s, has returned
to the United States for many reasons. He will give his daughter away in
marriage in Georgia next week; she fled her homeland before the worst
of the fighting began.
Hunder has also come to visit two of his brothers, one of whom is
Winston-Salem resident James Hunder, president of the Liberian Orga
nization of the Piedmont Hunder has also come to help his university.
Armed with a letter from the school's president. Hunder is planning to
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