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The Chronicle
Volume39,Number5 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ?THURSDAY, September 27, 2012
Photos by Layla Garms
Dr. Ed Reynolds (left) with J. Matthew Williams.
Lessons from a
Current black male WFU employees dine
with school's first-ever black student
Dr. Ed Reynolds, Wake
Forest University's first
black student, returned to
his alma mater last week.
The San Diego, Calif,
resident was on hand for a
series of special events held
to celebrate WFU's decision
to voluntarily integrate SO
years ago. The integration
or the school is
the focus of a
yearlong cam
paign at Wake
called Faces of
Reynolds, a
native of
Ghana, took time
to interact with
current African
American WFU
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during an intimate invita
tion-only dinner at Noble's
Grille on Sept. 20.
J. Matthew Williams,
assistant director of WFU's
Office of Diversity and
Inclusion, said he arranged
the dinner because he want
ed Reynolds to see the
impact of his decision to
attend to Wake Forest.
"Ed Reynolds ... really
opened the doors of oppor
tunity for all of these men to
work in their current capaci
ty," Williams said. "Without
him, where would we be?"
Williams, a member of
the university's Class of
2009, said he hoped the din
ner would be an affirming
experience for the men in
"There's a huge misun
derstanding that African
American men don't occupy
positions of authority in
academia, and when you
look around the room, you
sec the impact of their influ
ence on our university," he
stated. "...1 think it's impor
tant to recognize our contri
butions. Oftentimes, there's
a very singular view of
African American men, and
showing the diversity of
what we offer to the com
munity is important."
Wake Forest alumnus
Kevin Smith was among the
handful of staff members on
hand. Smith, who
began a two year
fellowship in the
Office of
Advancement in
August, said the
opportunity to
come face to face
with someone who
played such an
integral role in
Wake Forest histo
ly mauc 11 a tan i
miss event for him.
"It's something that's
very impactful for me and
something I think I'll
remember for the rest of my
life," commented the Wilson
native, who graduated in
May with a degree in
English and political sci
ence. "...He really changed
the history of this entire uni
versity. What he did defi
nitely deserves recogni
Though many credit
Reynolds, who went on to
obtain graduate degrees
from Ohio University, Yale
and the University of
London, with singlehanded
ly opening the doors for the
countless African American
students who have come
behind him, Reynolds, a
father of one, says his
enrollment in the school was
a community effort. He
See Reyaoids on A7
120 Years Later
Photo courtesy of WSSU
Above: Some of the
very first Rams
pose with WSSV
Founder S.G.
Atkins and his
wife, Oleona
Atkins, in this vin
tage Slater
Academy photo.
Photo by Layla Garms
Right: Marilyn
Roseboro stands by
the clock tower of
her alma mater, ?
near where the eel- ?
ebration kickoff
will be held.
WSSU kicking off yearlong slate of
anniversary events tomorrow
Winston:Salem State University will embark
tomorrow on a yearlong celebration of its 120th
From its origins in a one-room schoolhouse, where
founder Dr. Simon Green Atkins taught 25 students at
what was then known as Slater Industrial Academy,
the institution has blossomed into a sprawling 117
acre-campus with 6,400 students and faculty mem
Over the years, Winston-Salem State has been
many things to many people. For city native Peyton
Hairston Sr., it was a place to grow and find his pur
pose. Hairston was one of 11 children, four of whom
attended WSSU, then known as Winston-Salem
See WSSU on A8
Panel: There are countless other Troy Davises
A panel of death penalty opponents
used the one-year anniversary of the
execution of Troy Davis to call for the
elimination of a system that they say is
Davis' case attracted international
attention. In 1989, Davis, an African
American, was accused of fatally shoot
ing a white police officer in Savannah,
Ga., though there was no physical evi
dence to connect him to the crime and
most of the eye witnesses in the case
recanted their statements. Davis was put
to death on Sept. 21, 2011.
The panel, held at Wake Forest
University, was moderated by Mark
Rabil of the school's Innocence and
Justice Clinic, and featured former
inmate Darryl Hunt, retired death row
Chaplain Rev. Carroll Pickett and lawyer
Kristin Parks, who is currently repre
senting a client whose case is drawing
parallels with Davis'.
Hunt, who was represented by Rabil
when he successfully fought for his free
dom after being wrongfully convicted of
rape and murder, was a longtime advo
cate for Davis. The case was personal for
him, having been only one vote away
from the death penalty at his own trial.
Two days before the WFU panel. Hunt
took part in another death penalty dis
cussion at North Carolina Central
University with Davis' sister, Kim.
"There's nothing we can do to bring
Troy back, but we can stop the other
Troys from being executed, and that is
the most important thing is to be able to
prevent it from happening to someone
else," said Hunt. "That's what we hope
to get out of this by continuing to bring
See Davti 011 A9
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Rev. Carroll Pickett speaks as Darryl Hunt and Kristin Parks look on during a
panel at Wake Forest University.
Watt loses many Forsyth constituents
File Photo
U.S. Rep
Mel Watt
has long
the people
of the N.C;t
Forsyth County residents who thought they were being
represented in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Rep. Mel Watt
may get a surprise on their ballot this election season.
A highly controversial redisricting effort that the
North Carolina General Assembly launched earlier this
year is still causing confusion for some voters in the Twin
City, according to voting rights advocates.
The overall redisricting, which has also affected the
districts of many state lawmakers, has received consider
able press, but many voters don't realize that their house
holds have been impacted by the changes, explained Susan
See Districts on A# .
Colorful Future
Photo by Layta Gams
Andre Phillips recently opened RAW Talent Tattoo A Piercing
on North Liberty Street. The shop is decorated with Phillip's
original grqffiti art. Read more on page A3.
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