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    Photo by Erin Mittlk for the Wlnstoo-Smkm Chronicle
Solomon V. Uore stands in front of his newly jmisnea home on Cameron street
in Winston-Salem on Thursday, March 19,2015. Thanks to Homes 4 Our
Heroes, a permanent housing and grassroots community project of Whole Man
Ministries, Gore is no longer a homeless veteran.
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permanent housing project
for homeless veterans, is a
grassroots community proj
ect of Whole Man
Ministries, a local nonprof
it faith-based organization.
The organization has made
it possible for Gore to have
the new home by accepting
a referral from The
Prosperity Center.
"Other places seemed
like they were giving me
the runaround," he said.
"This time I got some help.
I was told where to go, who
to ask for and who to see."
The project, which has
been underway since 2013,
has five duplex apartment
homes. The five homes, 10
apartments, were deemed
uninhabitable and slated to
be demolished by the city
before the nonprofit
pitched the project, expect
ed to cost $631,000.
"This feels great. It was
hard work finishing this
project and it feels good to
finally see it come to
fruition," said Gerald
Green, a representative
from Homes 4 Our Heroes.
The duplexes, in the
1400 block of Cameron
Avenue, had to be com
pletely gutted and rebuilt.
The crew insulated the
walls and ceilings of the
apartment, laid down tile,
replaced floor joists and
even installed new water
heaters. Three of the
homes, which are two-bed
room duplexes, are desig
nated for homeless veter
ans. The homes have appli
ances in each apartment,
including a stove, refrigera
tor and a washer and dryer.
Agencies like Wells
Fargo, Home Depot and
BB&T pitched in money
and manpower to make
sure that the homes were
"The community has
chipped in so much and to
finally see that hard work
pay off, they are elated,"
Green said. "They have
worked very hard and dili
gently to make this happen,
and now the first vet has
moved in."
Two of the homes are
expected to be three-bed
room, two-bath homes
available for low-income
families. The city is help
ing to fund the develop
ment of those home with
more than $200,000 in
loans and grants.
The nonprofit is work
ing with agencies like The
Prosperity Center and
Veterans Helping Veterans
Heal (VHVH) for referrals
that assist them with plac
ing clients in housing. They
help and support the clients
by providing a case manag
er who can help with budg
eting, job training and any
thing that's needed.
Those living in the
Homes 4 Our Heroes
duplexes will have to pay
rent based on a sliding
scale and would be offered
a chance to buy the hous
The agency is working
to find another veteran to
place in the other apart
ment while working to
make sure the duplex next
door is finished by the
"We are lining up peo
ple and going through the
intake process so that as
soon as the units became
available, they can move
right in," he said.
A female veteran
moved into the other unit
When asked how he felt
about his new home. Gore
just looks across the apart
ment and smiles.
I am the happiest man
in the world. It takes a
whole lot of stress off of
me. I appreciate these guys.
It feels like a burden has
been lifted off of my chest,
he said. "I can't wait to
spend the first night in
Gore did just that on
Friday, March 20.
Mayor Allen Joines poses with family members of the "5" Royales, organizers
and attendees.
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success, they never found
the mainstream stardom of
the artists they influenced,
such as James Brown and
Steve Cropper, who will be
inducting the group into the
Hall of Fame in Cleveland
on April 18.
TTie group's songs
would go on to become hits
for other artists as well.
One of Brown's earliest
R&B hits was a cover of
the Royale's Top 10 hit,
"Think." Ray Charles and
Eric Clapton both did cov
ers of the Royale's 'Tell the
Another of the group's
hits include "Dedicated to
the One I Love," a tune that
later became a hit for the
Shirelles and
later the Mamas
6 the Papas.
Members of V
the band to be
inducted are
Obadiah Carter,
Jimmy Moore,
Eugene and John
Tanner and Lowman
Pauling, who played
guitar and wrote most
of the group's songs.
Pauling's son Darryl
said the recognition for
the group was a "long
time coming."
lhough there are no
living members left of the
group, which disbanded in
1965, there are numerous
relatives of the group who
still reside locally. Many
will travel to Geveland as
guests of the Hall of Fame
for next month's induction
ceremony and spoke during
last week's event. They
recalled hearing firsthand
accounts of the Royales1
tours and the excitement
when they heard their
songs for the first time on
local AM radio station
Darryl Pauling said
some had special meaning,
like the 1950 hit,
"Dedicated to the
One I love."
"My father wrote that
for my mother," he said.
He said before his
mother passed, she asked
him to keep the legacy of
the "5" Royales alive.
He didn't know how to
do that and prayed on it.
He said the Hall of Fame
induction and proclamation
were God's answer.
"He does things in His
time and His time is now,"
said Pauling.
Fred Tanner, whose
brothers were vocalists
John and Eugene Tanner,
said the honors for the
group are well deserved.
"We are so proud of the
accomplishments of the '5'
Royales," he said. "It's
awesome that they've been
chosen for induction. They
not only influenced the
performers that followed
them, they influenced
the top performers, his
k tory making perform
Ik ances following them
and we're truly proud
k of that. Really it was
B history making then,
but we just didn't
realize it, it led to
changes in the
direction in rock and roll.
It led to the sub-style that
they brought, which was a
mix of gospel and blues.
Before then performers
didn't do that."
Heading to Cleveland
There will be a sock hop held on April 10 at 7 p jn.
at the National Guard Armory to raise money for a bus
to go to the Hall of Fame ceremony. Call Bobby Ray
Wilson at 336-406-5138 or email for tickets. The ceremony
will be aired in May on HBO, which will also include
the induction of Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill
Withers and Lou Reed.
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Members of the audience at The Chronicle's 30th Community Awards Banquet
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said that five state-supported historically
black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
in North Carolina might need to close
because of the number of them in North
Carolina. The state has more state-support
ed HBCUs than any other state.
Robinson has been on the job less than
90 days. He started as chancellor on Jan. 1.
"I think that we are in a great place. I
think that we are in great times," Robinson
said. He applauded the people who were
honored at the gala, who give their time,
talent and "spend days laboring in the
Then he addressed the contentious
atmosphere surrounding North Carolina's
historically black colleges and universities
(HBCUs) within the UNC Board of
Trustees. Members of the UNC Board,
which governs the UNC system, have said
that the board is looking at possibly elimi
nating HBCUs in the state.
"But every day I look around and hear
people and they get nervous about where
we are. People call me and they get frantic
about whether, indeed, historically black
colleges are going to close and whether
they're relevant and all that nonsense,"
Robinson said.
"I say to you that work is never easy.
Someone said you don't do something
because it's hard or because it's easy. You
do something because it's right. So when
you think about where we have to go and
what we have to do, I don't get nervous. I
simply roll up my sleeves and get back to
wotk," because of the great things happen
ing at WSSU.
.'Tell me how you even consider, how
it even gets in a conversation, where an
individual or anybody or a system would
think about closing an institution that has
those attributes," Robinson said.
He said WSSU is not telling its story of
"We are going to tell the story. We are
going to create the narrative, we are going
to purchase the reality, and then we are
going to sell that reality to others. We're
about beginning to train students for the
21st century."
WSSU has shown that its students can
get jobs, Robinson said. "I'm interested in
people creating jobs."
"We must have your support in educat
ing students," Robinson said. He said
almost 200 students did not return to
WSSU in the spring, not because of grades
but because of finances.
"I think we have something special $nd
something unique and dynamic to offer
our students," Robinson said.
Woman of the Year, Randon Pender, a
WSSU graduate, reiterated what Robinson
said about helping the university.
"I heard our chancellor say it's about
communication. If we have not inspired
anyone, then what is it all for?" she said.
Robinson "has made the appeal to us."
She also thanked various organizations
and people, including her husband, who
has one of her kidneys.
Man of the Year, the Rev. Nathan
Scovens, also thanked various people. He
paid tribute to his deceased mother and his
aunt, who traveled from Virginia to see
him get his award.
He entreated the audience: "The only
way to serve God is by serving other peo
The program for the event included
greetings from area lawmakers: U.S. Rep.
Alma Adams, N.C. Sen. Paul Lowe,
Winston-Salem Mayor Pro Tempore
Vivian Burke and County Commissioner
Walter Marshall.
The honorees are:
?Man of the Year, Scovens, is pastor of
Galilee Missionary Baptist and chaplain
for the Winston-Salem Police Department.
Under Scovens' leadership, Galilee moved
onto a new 28-acre campus. He is a mem
ber of the NAACP Legal Redress
Committee, Communities in Schools
Board, Board of Directors for the Bethesda
Center and Board of Directors for the
United Way. He was also recently was
selected to receive the Religious Leader
Award by the men of the Delta Sigma
Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
?Woman of the year, Pender, is the
president of the WSSU Brown Alumni
Chapter, a member of Chi Eta Phi Inc.'s
Chi Chi Chapter, the chairwoman of the
Forsyth County Democratic Party 81st
Precinct, a volunteer and community
organizer for the Oak Summit and Country
Club Annex Community, a member of the
Womens Fund of the Winston Salem
Foundation and mfcmber of Bethlehem
Missionary Baptist Church, where she is a
Sunday School Teacher.
?Minority Business of the Year, Camel
City Caravans, was formed by Reid and
Kirsten Hinsley. The business uses golf
carts to shuttle downtown patrons between
the Arts Di^trjct, Fourth Street and Burke
Street. The ride is free for customers, with
advertisers providing the funding.
?Organization of the Year, the
Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem
and Vicinity, is a Christian based nonprofit
organization serving as a place for minis
ters to gather for fellowship and worship.
The organization is also open to the public
to discuss and find solutions to local
issues. The minister's conference has part
nered with farmers in Rural Hall and the
YMC A to implement a plan that will teach
young people about farming and how to
build a community garden.
?Curator of the Arts, Chadwick Cheek,
is owner and president of Elephant In The
Room, which specializes in brand strategy,
product and communication design for
local and national clients. He has been a
Board trustee of The Arts Council since
?Human Relations Award, Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Forsyth and Davie
Counties, provides children ages 6-18 who
are facing adversity with strong and endur
ing professionally supported one-to-one
relationships that change their lives for the
better, forever.
?Community Service Awards were
given to Claudia Schaefer, Linda Sutton
and Patricia Sadler.
??Claudia Schaefer launched CZS
Communications LLC in 2010 to help
nonprofit organizations strengthen their
reputation through strategic communica
tions that inform and inspire their audi
ences to donate, advocate and volunteer.
??Linda Sutton has been active in the
community since the early '70s, working
with election boards and issues. She cur
rently works as the Central North Carolina
Field Organizer for Democracy North
??Patricia Sadler is one of the central
figures at the Winston-Salem Urban
League, serving as the Workforce
Development and Community Relations
Director. She provides leadership for the
Urban League Senior Community
Services Employment Program, serving
over 230 unemployed low-income seniors
in 18 counties.
?Lifetime Achievement Awards were
given to Lenwood Davis, Nancy Young,
Evelyn Terry and Harry Davis, Esq.
??Lenwood Davis is a longtime resi
dent of Winston-Salem and a retired
WSSU professor. He is one of the founders
of The Society for the Study of Afro
American History in Winston
Salem/Forsyth County and Preserve
Historic Forsyth. He has been called "The
World's Most Prolific Living
??Nancy Young has been director of
public relations at WSSU since April
2009. She has more than 40 years of expe
rience in media, corporate and nonprofit
public relations and administrative leader
ship roles. She has led several nonprofit
organizations' boards.
??Evelyn Terry is a N.C. state repre
sentative for Forsyth County's 71st
District. She was influenced by her grand
father George Black, a famous native son
who made bricks by hand in Winston
Salem. She has had a professional career
of service, including teaching, working at
ESR, WSSU and HAWS. She has had a
profound impact on the lives of countless
youth and those needing a second chance.
??Harry Davis, Esq. is a community
icon representing the voiceless, tackling
discrimination and degradation as an attor
ney. In 1967, there was racial unrest in the
city after the death of an African
American male who was arrested by the
Winston-Salem police. This resulted in
many arrests, and Mr. Davis collected sev
eral of the cases, winning most of them.
?Special Recognition was given to
Courtney Omega Taylor and Children's
Law Center of Central North Carolina.
??Courtney Omega Taylor opened up
her own competitive dance studio in 2005
called Positive Image Performing Arts.
That first year she had 17 students. Ten
years later, she has 112. She provides her
award-winning dancers with love, support
and guidance outside and inside the studio.
??Children's Law Center of Central
North Carolina was founded by Penny Orr
Spry and Amy Kuhlman in September
2005. The mission of the Children's Law
Center is to provide children with quality
legal advocacy focusing on domestic vio
lence issues, high conflict custody cases
and ensuring access to education.
Some people who served the commu
nity but have died were remembered, also.
They are:
?Rev. Melvin "Rip" Wilkins, Raphael
Black, Louis Lowery, George Redd,
Apostle John Heath, Edward Hanes,
Ernest Hodge, Robert Brown Sr.. A1
Beatty and Rodney Sumler.

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