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THURSDAY, August 20, 2020

Liberty Street Market is revived

BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

The City of WinstonSalem is looking to pump new life into the Liberty Street Farmers Market. The market officially opened in 2014 but hasn’t been open consistently since 2016, until now. Last week the Urban Food Advisory Council held a grand re-opening for the market located in the heart of a food desert. A food desert is an area that has limited access to healthy and affordable food. And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in order to qualify as a food desert in urban areas, at least 500 people or 33% of the population must live more than one mile from the nearest large grocery store. To address food deserts here in Winston-Salem, in 2017 the Urban Food Advisory Council (UFAC)

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The Liberty Street Farmers Market, 1551 N. Liberty Street, will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Friday through the end of October. was formed to initiate to open the market ev- with The Chronicle during and promote food access ery two weeks for three the grand re-opening last throughout the city with months. Regan, who is an week. particular emphasis on the economics professor at Regan said as we conurban core. Megan Regan, Wake Forest University, tinue to try to navigate UFAC chair, said the coun- said the grant specifies through uncertain times, cil has been working since that the farmers must pro- people are paying more its inception on evaluating duce within a five-mile ra- attention to issues such as dius of the market. So after food insecurity and now the Liberty Street Market. The market, which cost reaching out to local farm- more than ever communithe city $350,000 to design ers and deciding what day ties need to take a serious and build, is comprised of and time would work best, look at ways to create sustwo covered shelters and the council got to work ad- tainable neighborhoods. parking lot. As mentioned vertising for the grand re“Right now with COearlier, city officials held a opening. VID-19 there is stronger “Our goal is to address awareness of food safety grand opening for the market in 2014, but since then the food desert situation in and security provided by many have questioned this part of town as well small scale local farmers ... as use this space for what as well as really needing to why it was even built. Earlier this year the it was designed for,” Re- take a look at sustainable Granville Farms Inc., was one of several vendors that participated in the grand recouncil received a grant gan said while speaking opening of Liberty Street Farmers Market. See Market on A2

Kellie Easton running to fill spot as NAACP president with Carlisle stepping down Grassroots organizer looks to keep local NAACP relevant

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Community activist and grassroots organizer Kellie Easton has put her name in the running to become the next president of the Winston-Salem Chapter of the NAACP. Easton said when she received

word that current president Rev. Alvin Carlisle wasn’t running for re-election, she decided to step up and accept the challenge. “It was always one of my goals but I didn’t think it would happen now, so when I learned Carlisle wasn’t running, then I gave it some thought,” Easton continued. “But I think what really confirmed it for me was reading an article that Melissa Harris-Perry wrote about how to save the NAACP from irrelevance.” In the opinion piece published in the New York Times, Harris-Perry, a professor at Wake Forest University, discussed

Kellie Easton several changes that need to happen to ultimately

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advance justice for African Americans. Easton said at a place in time where there is a huge disconnect between young people and the older generation and some of the traditional organizations, with her experience working with up-and-coming grassroots organizers and local organizations like the NAACP and others, she has what it takes to keep the local chapter of the organization relevant for years to come. “I have a very solid relationship with a lot of the elders in the community, while at the same time I’m very active in the grassroots community and so I think we all want the same

things but we just haven’t been able to bridge the gap,” Easton said. Easton said to stay relevant the organization must be able educate the community and have the ability to apply pressure to the power structure. “I feel like that has a lot to do with the roots of the organization and that’s exactly what I feel is needed now,” she said. A native of WinstonSalem and graduate of Morgan State University, Easton is most known throughout the community for her work with Action4Equity, a grassroots organization geared See Easton on A2

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neighborhoods and neighborhood level programs,” Regan said. Regan said she hopes working under the current model, utilizing local farmers and accepting EBT/SNAP payments, they will be able to provide greater market access. “We know there’s demand for consumers but it’s also difficult to take that time out, especially when budgets are tight,” she continued. “From a consumer pro-

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toward ensuring equity for every student in the district. She said the fight for students began in 2018 when she started hearing complaints about a mold issue at Ashley Elementary School (Ashley Academy for Cultural & Global Studies) that was causing students and teachers to get sick. “That was just one issue that garnered a lot of community interest and the more I learned about it, the more infuriated I became ... I just felt that the community wasn’t being respected in a way

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All vendors at the Liberty Street Farmers Market grow within a five mile radius of the market located in the heart of the East Winston Community. that was needed to reflect a true democratic process,” Easton said. That same year Action4Equity joined forces with several other local organizations to file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The complaint filed alleges that WS/FCS violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin. Less than six months later, the Department of Education agreed to look into the claim. The Winston-Salem NAACP traditionally holds elections for the

spective, we hope having SNAP/EBT will welcome consumer demand. But from my personal opinion, it wasn’t a demand issue so we’re going to give it a go.” The Liberty Street Farmers Market, 1551 N. Liberty Street, will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Friday through the end of October. Masks will be required and measures will be put in place to account for social distancing. Free masks will be provided to those who do not have one.

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executive committee in November. Only current members in “good standing” are allowed to vote. When asked what the community and the members of the NAACP can expect from her if she is elected president, Easton said they can expect a leader who will work toward real change. “They can expect for me to develop a collective,” Easton said. “A collective among shared values and based upon that to put pressure on the power structure to create real change for those who are impacted the most.”

Drug Treatment Court honors graduates BY TEVIN STINSON THE CHRONICLE

Last week the Forsyth County Adult Drug Treatment Court held a graduation ceremony to celebrate individuals who have recently completed the course. The Forsyth County Adult Drug Treatment Court is a supervised pro-

to bring the program to the area and the city contributed an additional $35,000. During the graduation ceremony held on Friday, Aug.14, Ashley Vansutphen, Rhonda Kilby, and Samuel Mabe were recognized for completing the program. Each of the graduates was referred to the program by a local

referred Samuel Mabe to the program. He said he was proud of Mabe. “I am very proud of Samuel. He is a very good person who was really struggling. I am thankful that the drug court program was made available to him and that he was able to take advantage of the opportunity.” Rhonda Kilby was referred by Attorney Erin

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Graduates of the Forsyth County Drug Treatment Court take a picture with their certificates of completion on Friday Aug. 14.. bationary program that provides a comprehensive treatment to address the needs of defendants interested in getting help for their addition. Participants are tested several times a week and progress is rewarded with incentives. The original program ended in 2011 but thanks to the collaborative efforts of Phoenix Rising, a local nonprofit, and the City of Winston-Salem, it returned in 2017. Phoenix Rising raised $35,000

defense attorney. Attorney Kerri Sigler, who is the founder of Phoenix Rising, referred Ashley Vansutphen to the program. Sigler applauded Vansutphen for overcoming many obstacles to complete the program. She said, “There is an old saying that just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. That’s what happened with Ashley. I am proud of her.” Attorney Jones Byrd

Woodrum. Woodrum said it was amazing to see how far Kilby has come. “She went from a broken woman in my conference room to an entirely new, strong person and it was amazing to see,” Woodrum said. Along with helping finance the Drug Treatment Court, Phoenix Rising also facilitates treatment and raises awareness on addiction and drug abuse. For more information, visit www.phoenixrisingwinstonsalem.org.

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Stop the Violence rally has good turnout BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

Hundreds of individuals turned out for the Stop the Violence rally at Rupert Bell Park on Sunday. The rally, which was preceded by a procession of hearses that toured parts of Winston-Salem, was organized to bring attention to the recent rise in gun violence around the city. The rally was co-sponsored by the Ministers’ Conference of WinstonSalem and Vicinity (MCWSV) and the local Piedmont Funeral Directors. Upon arrival at Rupert Bell Park, mothers of those who have been victims of gun violence marched down Mt. Zion Place chanting “Stop the violence, save our children.” To give more perspective to the cause, the organizers laid out an empty casket as a very tangible reminder of what is normally the end result when guns are used in a sinister manner. The focus of the day was to attempt to not only bring awareness to the gun violence that has popped up around the city lately, but also to try and bring

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A procession of hearses and other vehicles visited several areas of the city prior to arriving at Rupert Bell Park. the community together carry it every day until the to create more of a fam- day you die. ily atmosphere and hope“Nobody can come fully prevent more of these against community when senseless homicides. we rise up together. That’s Things were kicked what we did during the off Sunday afternoon by a 50s, 60s and 70s; we can passionate opening prayer do that again, but we need from MCWSV President your help. These mamas Tembila Covington, fol- need your help, these chillowed by impactful words dren need your help.” from funeral directors and Adams also touched on the mothers of the victims the “no snitching” creed of gun violence. that many people fol“You don’t know the low for different reasons, pain that goes along with whether it be fear from it,” said Mayor Pro Tem- retaliation or allegiance pore Denise “DD” Adams. “It doesn’t go away in a couple of weeks or three months when nobody is asking or mentioning the person’s name anymore. You carry it in your heart and your spirit, and you

to the perpetrator or gang. Adams pleaded with the community to start coming forward with information so the police officers can do their job by apprehending the suspect to give justice to the family members of the victims. Winston-Salem City Councilwoman Annette Scippio also touched on the subject of violence in the community, along with the no snitching policy. “This day is a sad time for me, because we are having to deal with an evil that has come to our community and that evil sometimes looks like me,” Scippio said of the crime she has witnessed happening around her home. “And that evil is wicked and it’s deceitful and it seduces our children and it’s targeting the weak and the poor. “We have people in our communities that look like us that are teaching our young people to be malicious, intentional murderers. There is nothing good

Hundreds came out to support the Stop the Violence rally at Rupert Bell Park on Sunday, Aug. 16. about that, none whatsoev- word she spoke. er. Fear not, tell what you “On March 24, 2014, know. I grieve for the par- 3:15 a.m., when I got ents who are losing their that knock on the door, children.” that thief had come to my Crystal Thompson was house and stole some of one of the mothers who my heart,” Thompson said gave a testimony about about the night she was inher experience with gun formed of her son’s death. violence. She spoke about “He killed my son and he the night she received a destroyed my family and knock on the door and my community. was informed her son had “I am here today to passed. Her words seemed take my community back to touch a cord with many and my community is people in the audience as Winston-Salem, North everyone hung on each Carolina.”

New program mobilizes elementary students to act on environmental issues BY MILLER C. COFFEY

Local non-profit Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) is launching a new program to promote environmental literacy, stewardship, and action among elementary-aged students in the Piedmont Triad - Young Eco Leaders. As Greta Thunberg and other teenage trail-

cially distant environment. PEA has added dozens of educational resources on the PEA website to help families connect Young Eco Leaders with science and facts about the environment and the global climate crisis. PEA staff and volunteers are on board to help local youngsters complete the activities. “Young Eco Leaders

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Child enjoys a craft project using recycled materials. blazers make waves across the globe with their calls for climate action, PEA’s new program is cultivating young environmental leaders right here in Winston-Salem and throughout the Piedmont Region. Through Young Eco Leaders, students are invited to accomplish action items from six planetprotecting categories to earn recognition as environmental leaders. Each week, participants will engage with activities like making a hummingbird feeder, going for an early-morning nature walk, or writing a Letter to the Editor of local papers. Students will also participate in live virtual events, webinars, and weekly raffles. The decision to launch the program this fall comes in response to community demand for online learning opportunities. In the spring, PEA shifted its signature event, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair, to a fully online event, reaching more than 60,000 viewers with high-quality, environmentally-focused content. Students and families were a significant part of the Earth Day Fair audience, expressing a strong desire for environmental education and opportunities for action. Each Young Eco Leader activity is designed specifically to be completed in a safe, so-

is an exciting new opportunity for local students and families,” said PEA Executive Director Jamie Maier. “The fun, hands-on activities engage young students in important issues that impact their lives and teach the tools for these youth to become leaders committed to building a more sustainable and resilient community.” Each year, PEA reaches more than 4,000 students in Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County schools. The non-profit will continue to provide their energy and water conservation curriculum to students throughout the district virtually this semester, but hopes to educate and inspire even more families this year through the new Young Eco Leaders program that reaches younger kids in the community. Community members who are interested in helping their kids become a certified PEA Young Eco Leader can sign up now online at https://www. p e a n c . o rg / y o u n g - e c o leaders. For more information on PEA, visit www. peanc.org. Miller C. Coffey is the communications and engagement coordinator for Piedmont Environmental Alliance.


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Guest Editorial

An open letter to the National Democratic Leadership When Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be his VP pick, Donald Trump immediately began criticizing her as being too far left. I hope the leadership of the Democratic Party does not decide that this criticism of Trump’s needs to be answered by pressuring her to move further toward the center. There is a substantial body of people in the Democratic Party that is left of center, as the enthusiastic support for Bernie Sanders showed. Those of us who supported him gave the Party more interest and excitement than it has had in years. We deserve to be represented. Kamala Harris is the very least we deserve. When the Biden/Harris ticket wins in November, as I believe it will, we will be watching very closely to see that what the Democratic leadership does that goes beyond pretty speeches and representation on the convention floor. We want to see major change on issues ranging from climate change to racial inequality to income inequality to endless wars and nuclear weapons to health care and much more. If the party is scared of the power wielded by corporate elites and the very rich, we expect action to remove the influence of money from our political process. If the Democrats do not deliver on the center-left agenda that should define the party’s policies, expect people like me to be out in force putting as much pressure on them as we ever have on Trump and his administration. We will no longer be silent in the face of inaction on critical issues as we often were in the Obama years, colluding with his administration as he delivered far less than he promised. In the wake of the COVID epidemic, the movement to ensure that Black Lives Matter, the inadequacies revealed in our health care system, the movement to address climate change and the growing disgust our people feel for the U.S.’s ongoing foreign wars and international bullying, the time has come for systemwide changes. Our loyalty is not to a party nor to a candidate. It is to seeing America become a better, more equal, more respect-worthy nation that is fulfilling its promises to all its people and to the rest of the world. The Democratic Party must be a means toward this end in order to command our ongoing support. Peter Bergel is a life-long activist, nonviolence trainer and peace musician. He is a retired director of Oregon PeaceWorks and other progressive organizations.

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The World Bank’s poverty illusion Mel Gurtov Guest Columnist

What would you estimate is the minimum amount of money you need to get by every day? $100? $50? The figure, of course, depends very much on where you live and what you’re used to spending. Now shift and imagine you’re in a so-called developing country, say in sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia. You might estimate you can get by on $10 if you’re in, say, Kenya as opposed to $20 in Thailand. But how about trying to live on $1.90 a day? According to the World Bank, that would put you in “extreme poverty.” Yet the bank uses that figure as the “International Poverty Line (IPL),” and by that measure, global poverty has been reduced significantly. Which also means that if you’re making two or three times that amount per day, you’re supposed to be overcoming poverty. From a critical and human-interest perspective, the IPL is nonsense. Anyone living on $1.90 a day—the World Bank for many years used $1 a day to define extreme poverty—cannot possibly live a meaningful life no matter how defined. In fact, the IPL is a political measure, set deliberately low to show how well the World Bank, other international funding agencies, and governments are doing at overcoming poverty. Governments like the low figure because they can pretend that citizens making the next highest levels of daily income, $3.20 and $5.50, are far more numerous than their poorest cousins. In short, the figure is a great way to evade responsibility. Fortunately, we have an impeccable source for calling out the World Bank’s claim: Philip Alston, who has just left his post as

the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. In his final report to the UN in early July, Alston said: “Even before COVID-19, we squandered a decade in the fight against poverty, with misplaced triumphalism blocking the very reforms that could have prevented the worst impacts of the pandemic. COVID-19 is projected to push hundreds of millions into unemployment and poverty, while increasing the number at risk of acute hunger by more than 250 million. But the international community’s abysmal record on tackling poverty, inequality and disregard for human life far precede this pandemic. Over the past decade, the UN, world leaders and pundits have promoted a self-congratulatory message of impending victory over poverty, but almost all of these accounts rely on the World Bank’s international poverty line, which is utterly unfit for the purpose of tracking such progress.” Alston called the Bank’s $1.90 poverty line, by which it could claim that over 1.1 million people were lifted out of extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015, “scandalously unambitious.” “The best evidence shows it doesn’t even cover the cost of food or housing in many countries,” he said. “The poverty decline it purports to show is due largely to rising incomes in a single country, China. And it obscures poverty among women and those often excluded from official surveys, such as migrant workers and refugees.” In all, a devastating critique. The reality about global poverty, which the World Bank would prefer that we forget, is that extreme poverty has hardly improved at all in recent decades. “Even before the pandemic,” Alston says, “3.4 billion people, nearly half the world, lived on less than $5.50 a day. That number has barely declined since 1990.” And with COVID-19, which the World

Bank does take into account, “poverty rates will go up as the global economy falls into recession and there is a sharp drop in GDP per capita. The ongoing crisis will erase almost all the progress made in the last five years.” That conclusion seems all but certain since, as two analysts say in an upcoming issue of Foreign Affairs, it will probably take several years for the global economy as a whole to recover from the contraction brought on by the pandemic. They cite a massive decline in exports (2020 will be “the worst year for globalization since the early 1930s”), very high unemployment, and an especially harmful impact on low-income people, who lack the education, job security, and health to survive without government support that will not be available in struggling economies. The result? The World Bank estimates that 40 million to 60 million people will fall into extreme poverty (under $1.90/ day) in 2020, compared to 2019. But again, the bank uses the same flawed measurement, which means we have to add in (by the bank’s account) anywhere from 70 to 180 million more people in the $5.50 a day category. A major omission from the World Bank’s assessment is who benefits from poverty. The Bank says nothing about the world’s richest one percent, whose fortunes never fall, or the tax havens that enable multinational corporations to hide a large percentage of their profits. Again, Philip Alston, in his final report: “Instead multinational companies and investors draw guaranteed profits from public coffers [such as through tax havens], while poor communities are neglected and underserved. It’s time for a new approach to poverty eradication that tackles inequality, embraces redistribution, and takes tax justice seriously. Poverty is a political choice and it will be with us until its elimi-

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nation is reconceived as a matter of social justice.” Poverty is indeed a political choice, as we in the U.S. know very well. Philip Alston told us that in 2017 when he visited several deep pockets of poverty, from Los Angeles to West Virginia and Detroit to Puerto Rico, at the end of 2017. His report (UN General Assembly Doc. A/HRC/38/33/ Add.1, May 4, 2018) is a devastating indictment of the government that underscores the large and growing contradictions between the American Dream and reality. Alston told The Guardian that Trump’s policies amount to “ a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty. In support of Alston, Robert Reich, the former labor secretary who often writes on inequality in America, says: “Over the last four decades, the median wage has barely budged. But the incomes of the richest 0.1% have soared by more than 300% and the incomes of the top 0.001% (the 2,300 richest Americans), by more than 600%. The net worth of the wealthiest 0.1% of Americans almost equals that of the bottom 90% combined. This grotesque imbalance is undermining American democracy.” The story of the “grotesque imbalance” between rich and poor is a global story that has been told often—and just as often ignored by those who enjoy keeping things as they are. Creating an economy based on social justice cannot be accomplished with quick fixes or “reforms.” It really is a revolutionary enterprise. Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University and blogs at In the Human Interest.

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The Biden-Harris ticket is historic so let us get busy! Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. I’ve seen the Promised Land. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” The day after he gave this speech to the Memphis sanitation workers, Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Maybe Senator Kamala Harris accepting the offer from former vice president Joe Biden to become his running mate got us a little

closer to the mountaintop. I listened with pride and with purpose last Wednesday as Kamala Harris publicly accepted Joe Biden’s offer to be his vice president on the Democratic ticket. On this day, I thought about what my Jamaican dad told me when I was a boy. Each day, he told me about the importance of having an education, working hard and being determined. There are no shortcuts you can take to becoming successful. Senator Harris is of Jamaican ancestry. Her education, hard work and determination have catapulted her into being considered for the second highest office in the United States of America. Her competence and her credentials will be put to the test in the weeks

ahead. She has already been maligned by Mr. T. His ignorance and lack of humanity reach new lows by the hour. The West Indian community is being empowered by the Harris announcement. “There was just this sense of energy,” said Representative Anika Omphroy, a daughter of two Jamaican immigrants. Reports suggest there is an increasing number of voters of West Indian descent living in Florida. Having Senator Kamala Harris on the ticket will certainly motivate them to vote. The pick of Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential choice ended months of speculation. There were other women such as Susan Rice and Karen Bass considered but at the end of the

process, Senator Harris came through as the selection. The immediate reaction to her has been overwhelmingly positive. The African American community was ecstatic about her selection for this powerful position. Kamala Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. So, I suspect every AKA has already booked a flight and hotel accommodations for the expected inauguration in January. If you are a part of the Divine Nine, you are also happy and overjoyed. Each fraternity and sorority must be both pro-active and resolute in getting Sister Harris to the finish line. This is a proud moment for us as members of Black fraternities and sororities When Senator Harris

was announced as the candidate, the forces of evil began their evil machine. He has already called her nasty. This is just the beginning of an all-out vicious and unrelenting attack on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The fight for right has never been easy. This fight will be for the soul of this country. There is no other way to say it. We must be prepared to do battle every waking hour. Our voices and our votes must be heard and felt. We set the record with Barack Obama when he became president. Now, we must break the record if we want Kamala Harris to become vice president of the United States of America. If you are young, gifted, Black or white and want to realize success,

then on November 3, you must vote and get your friends to vote too. If you are a senior citizen like me and you want another highlight to your life, then vote to make Senator Kamala Harris the first Black woman to become vice president. The future of our nation is in our hands. Let us use our ballots to bring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the house of the people, the White House. James B. Ewers Jr. is a former tennis champion at Atkins High School and played college tennis at Johnson C. Smith University where he was allconference for four years. He is a retired college administrator and can be reached at overtimefergie.2020@yahoo.com.

Apathy is not an American value Betsy E. Huber Guest Columnist August 18 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote across the country and enfranchised nearly 50% of the U.S. population. A century later, voting is as – if not more – important than ever before.  For the Grange, founded more than 150 years ago, equal voice and vote for women was baked into our structure from day one. Our founders believed that women were necessary in the longevity of our organization and “much like the farm, both men and women are needed to succeed” in all facets of life, public and private. With four offices des-

ignated strictly for women and the ability to run for any office within the Grange, radical inclusivity of women in our organization has meant more to American civil society than we may ever know. The Grange has purposefully carved out spaces for women to voice opinions with credibility, hold positions of leadership and understand the importance of their vote – something cited by members past and present as providing women the courage and skills necessary to take on leadership in their communities and beyond. Women in the United States take seriously their role as engaged citizens – something that is evident by data that shows in the 2016 presidential election, 63.3% of women voted as opposed to only 59.3% of men voted. Even though women have outnumbered men at the polls

in every presidential election since 1980, there is more to be done to honor the work and sacrifice of the suffragettes whom we must thank for this right. We know we can do better for a nation founded on the cry for representation.  Today, while 86.8% of U.S. citizens are registered to vote, actual turnout languishes at an average of 55.7% for presidential elections and far less for municipal elections. When comparing U.S. voter turnout to other developed countries we see Americans rank 26th out of citizens from 32 nations in major elections.  Apathy is not an American value. The many battles fought to bring democracy to the reach of white, landowning male citizens, then to male non-white citizens, then to women – and to those disenfranchised

because of Jim Crow-era laws and more – must be honored by each citizen by way of casting a ballot in November and every other election we are eligible to take part in. I am proud to say I’ve never missed an opportunity to cast a ballot in any election – a right won thanks to those who spoke, organized, marched for it. This election season certainly is like no other in our history, and there are clear challenges to seeing every eligible elector cast their ballot. Americans, though, are a people battle-tested and up for the challenge.  I call upon every citizen to help us honor each of our ancestors who fought for and won their place on the voter rolls by ensuring you are registered, you are informed and you are prepared to let your voice be heard in November, and in all future

local elections. Know the deadline for registration and for requesting a mail-in ballot if your state encourages the practice or you wish to take advantage of it for your safety. Or, make sure you know your physical polling place as some have been or will be changed in the face of the pandemic, and schedule ample time to wait if necessary to cast your ballot in person. During these uncertain times, it is essential to our democracy that every citizen exercise their right to vote, even if doing so means embracing changes needed to make this a safe environment. We must demand that our local election officials take seriously the call to make our polling places safe while still remaining accessible.  We cannot allow disenfranchisement to happen today after such hard battles were fought to ex-

tend this right to all, and must call especially on those entrusted with the responsibility to maintain our democracy to do so with every citizen in mind. We must also do our part. In the era of information overload, it is imperative for each citizen to use reputable sources, such as the League of Women Voters website and print materials, to learn more about the candidates who will appear on our ballots, and ensure you’re making an informed decision.  Then look back in a family album or history and commit to exercising a right you enjoy that someone who came before you did not.   Betsy E. Huber is the president of the National Grange, America’s oldest rural and agricultural advocacy organization.

Learning from the hibakushas ROBERT C. KOEHLER

Guest Columnist “They were covered with blood and burned and blackened and swollen, and the flesh was hanging from the bones. Parts of their bodies were missing, and some were carrying their own eyeballs in their hands. And as they collapsed, their stomach burst open.” But war is necessary, right? The speaker, quoted recently on NPR, is 88-yearold Setsuko Thurlow, one of Planet Earth’s remaining hibakushas: survivors of the atomic devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She was in Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. Since that day, she has devoted her life to the elimination of nuclear weapons — that is to say, to creating awareness. Everybody knows that war is hell, but hell is just an abstraction, easily shrugged off, unless you live through it. Seventy-five years later, I hear the words of hibakushas and feel my

soul plunge into emptiness. Why wasn’t twice enough? From the Atomic Heritage Foundation: “Nuclear fission begins in 0.15 microseconds with a single neutron, initiating a supercritical chain reaction that increases the temperature to several million degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the surface of the sun at the time the bomb casing blows apart. “It is the peak of the morning rush hour in Hiroshima. Above the city, the fireball is rapidly expanding. “.1 seconds: The fireball has expanded to one hundred feet in diameter combined with a temperature of 500,000°F. Neutrons and gamma rays reach the ground. The ionizing radiation is responsible for causing the majority of the radiological damage to all exposed humans, animals and other biological organisms.” And again, why? Another hibakusha, the writer Kyoko Hayashi, also a survivor of the Nagasaki blast (she died in 2017), wrote a story, H. Patricia Hynes informs us, in which she created a new calendar: the “Abomb calendar.” The cal-

endar designates 1945 as the world’s new Year One, because: “The significance of the birth of Christ or Buddha pales in comparison” to the birth of the nuclear era. Could anything more clearly say “God is dead”? Whether 1945 is officially labeled Year One or not, that’s what it is: the birth of humankind’s transcendence of moral sanity. Yeah, man, our fate is in our own hands now, not that of a divine force, and we’re going to play with that power, tease ourselves with it, to the very brink of planetary suicide (and maybe beyond). The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, for instance, reset its Doomsday Clock this year to 100 seconds to midnight. Too bad! I write these words sardonically, not actually believing that humanity’s moral sanity is gone — just that it’s lost in the wilderness, politically disconnected. Apparently no hibakusha, or someone who shares their understanding, has ever been the leader of a nuclear power. No hibakusha has ever been an American president. Is it possible for this to change before a nuclear confrontation — or ac-

cident — destroys the future? The essential paradox of disarmament is that nuclear power, and thus nuclear bombs, having been invented, will never go away. They can’t be “un-invented.” The logic that flows out of this bit of reality seems to be that we have no choice, then, but to push in the opposite direction: spend trillions of dollars endlessly upgrading these weapons. They’re a done deal. It’s too late for peace. Against this logic: “A coalition of progressive groups delivered a petition with over 4,800 signatures to the presidential campaigns of President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging both 2020 candidates to incorporate ‘a vision for peace and serious nuclear disarmament’ into their platforms,” Common Dreams reports. The inner cynic snorts. This will never happen! But it’s crucial to push this agenda forward anyway, and force one’s personal inner cynic to consider the consequences of doing nothing. (“Parts of their bodies were missing,

and some were carrying their own eyeballs in their hands …”) And so the coalition has presented the two presidential campaigns with five principles to embrace: 1. No first use of nuclear weapons. 2. Promotion of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: no nuclear testing. 3. Cancel the $2 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program. 4. Lead with diplomacy. 5. Declare global nuclear disarmament as your goal. I confess that I do not know when or how such principles will ever be politically embraced, though my hope is that a public outcry too large to ignore — larger than the political and financial clout of the military-industrial complex — will eventually push American, and global, politics in that direction. The other scenario is to wait till after the holocaust to take action. That seems to be the choice of the status quo. So let me add one more principle to this mix. Nuclear disarmament can never be achieved when war by other means is still a go-to option. The time has come to demilitarize completely: Say no to war,

and mean it. Without disarmament at that scale, nuclear disarmament will never be a certainty, even if the world dismantles existing nuclear weapons. They can’t be un-invented. What I’m saying is that nuclear disarmament does not mean humanity somehow forgetting — mysteriously no longer knowing — how to rebuild its nukes. It means knowing how not to rebuild them! This means knowing how not to wage war. If 1945 is truly the new Year One — the year of human transcendence — nuclear weapons are merely the precursor of their opposite: the birth of peace. Can we actually begin to embrace the values we’ve pretended to espouse for far too long? Waging peace is more complex than waging war, but we’ve given ourselves no choice but to take on the challenge. At long last. Robert Koehler (koehlercw@gmail.com), syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor. He is the author of “Courage Grows Strong at the Wound.”


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Miranda Jones: ‘We must move beyond the protests and rallies.’ BY BUSTA BROWN FOR THE CHRONICLE

If you’ve read any story about my Person of the Week, you’ll most definitely understand why I choose to have such a conversation with this phenomenal woman. We discussed the question that so many of us are wondering about and asking our leaders: What is missing in our message when we call for peace between each other in our own communities? Her reply hit the bullseye! “It’s hard to get people to be consistent in the work that I do. Folks tend to have a very short memory. If you recall after the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Black Lives was mattering all over social media. I go to social media today, you don’t see that as much. People have gone back to their day-today, school, work, etc. But to me it’s real, because somebody lost their life,” Miranda Jones said passionately. You may remember Jones when she was selected as The Chronicle’s 2019 Woman of the Year for her outstanding work standing up for social justice in Winston-Salem, and keeping the pressure on local officials to remove the Confederate statue from the corner of 4TH and Liberty in downtown. She’s also a founding member of the very well-known organization, Hate Out Of Winston, and is also a teacher at North Forsyth High School. After Miranda’s comment about social media losing its passion to get justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, I took a look for myself and she was on point. I asked, where are we missing the mark with our message to the Black community to stay consistent? She replied, “We have to keep people engaged, that we have to move beyond the protest. We have to move beyond the rally. The community must have conversations

with people you may not like, so you have to respect people because you want to be heard. Respect is the only way to get people to hear you, and it’s hard getting people to do that and to stay engaged,” she said. I love hearing powerful women speak. I truly believe if the power were shared 50/50 between men and women, the world would be more balanced with both the tenderness and strength of Jesus. But that’s another conversation. I also asked Miranda: Why are we continuously missing the mark with our message of peace and non-violence in our own communities? “First we have to understand that we don’t all think alike. We don’t all have the same values and belief systems that crime is inevitable. So, we have to figure out how to have the courageous conversations that a lot of us don’t want to have. We don’t want to tell parents that you must parent your children. We don’t want to tell them you must get involved, invested and accountable. Because we know there’s going to be some offense, because they won’t be very receptive to it. We have to have those conversations about involvement that will make people uncomfortable, and then show them what involvement looks like, even if you have three jobs. They’re tired of hearing just talk; we have to show them! Let’s show them what they can do, and then equip them by way of working with them, leaning into teaching them ways that are appropriate. I tell leaders that they must find a way to reach the gang bangers as well, and that’s hard work, but it can be done. It takes a lot of research and a lot of people don’t want to do that,” she said. But she’s done the research, and found ways to connect with the gang members and other atrisk youth. Miranda helped them

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Miranda Jones, activist, high school teacher. and founding member of Hate Out Of Winston. find jobs, and also taught them how to build relationships with city officials, local leaders and entrepreneurs. Her rigorous efforts in researching the root of what’s hurting our Black communities is nearly a full-time job in itself. When we talked about the recent and previous killings in the Black communities, her brilliance went to work. “We can’t just do marches and rallies, we got to sit down and be committed to the work that needs to be done. And also recognize as leaders, we can’t just roll up into any neighborhood with a missionary mindset and tell them to put their guns down. We can’t go into as leaders because a lot of people don’t know or respect all leaders. We’re more effective if they know who we are, so all community activists and leaders must work together,” said Miranda. She added, “We also need to find out where our kids are getting these guns. People want to put more police in our communities, but we need to figure out where these guns are coming from as well. That’s where research comes in to play. I’m not buying the fact that its Black people bringing these guns into our neighborhoods,” Miranda

said. She also fights for our Black children as well. She’s not afraid to confront power and ask the tough questions a lot of teachers might shy away from. Not Miranda. She will push to make sure that Black children are educated equitably. “That’s why we need to have meetings in the communities instead of the schools. If the parents won’t come to the schools, we need to go to them. I’m that kind of teacher that feels it’s my responsibility to take care of my Black students. When they come to me, I don’t say, ‘Go tell ya mama.’ I don’t have a problem advocating. I will make sure they tell me everything that happened, including what they said and did as well. Then I’m going to formulate a plan and then go speak to that teacher or administrator, and I won’t stop until I get an answer and solution. I fight for Black boys that administration wants to kick out of school, and I say ‘no’,” said Jones. Whether she’s fighting for children or the community, the work that Jones does is all about faith and I believe God has called her to do this work. Some people consider Miranda Jones to be a radical, but to understand this powerful sista, you have to

know her background, which has molded her to be one of the bold and unwavering chosen few activists and advocates for the marginalized and oppressed. “I look back as a child growing up in the epidemic of the ‘80s, with a mother deeply addicted to crack cocaine. I faced mountains of rejections and abuse and I see now that it was God preparing me for these times. I know some people consider me to be a radical, but it’s naturally who I am. But when I tell people I recognize Jesus as Lord, they expect a very quiet person, but my Jesus was radical! So, I get it. This is what God put me on earth to do and I intend to do it.” Hate Out Of Winston is equally “radical.” They’re fighting to reallocate funding in Winston-Salem, fighting to get the Stand-Your-Ground law replaced, establish a database to track police misconduct, and more. They’re also working with Keyia Sampson, the widow of Julius Sampson, who was fatally shot in the parking lot of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Winston-Salem. “We’re going to help her push the Julius Sampson C.H.A.N.G.E Foundation by doing a service project. We’re going to bring in children that struggled with this virtual learning twice a week, between the hours of 9 a.m. until 12 noon, and work with their curriculum, as well as enrichment activities. We do a lot and plan to continue doing even more. “Busta, we must look at our ancestors. They were brilliant because they were thinkers.” My phenomenal Person of the Week is Miranda Jones. For more info about Miranda, you can follow her on social media @mirandajones. For info about Hate Out Of Winston, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Teen exposes kids to new sport

BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

Lacrosse is a sport that has been gaining more popularity over the years, but that has not translated to all demographics. Conner Lessane, a former Reynolds Demon and Winston native, chose to use his summer break as an opportunity to show minority kids the fundamentals of the sport of lacrosse. Lessane, who now attends Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, had several goals he wanted to accomplish this summer

and teaching kids how fun lacrosse is was high on his priority list. “I grew up watching football and basketball a lot as a kid and I didn’t know about lacrosse until the fifth grade, so I really wanted kids to know for an alternative sport to play in the spring, there is lacrosse and not just track or basketball,” said Conner. “I want kids to get out of the house and run around while social distancing, even though there is a pandemic going on.” Now 16, Lessane says he was introduced to the sport of lacrosse by some

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Lessane plays a quick game of catch with his brother to loosen up for the clinic.

The Lessane family gathers together prior to last Saturday’s lacrosse clinic. From left to right are Braeden, Virgil, Eyanna and Conner. “We kept the number friends and did not think situations and one-on-one ing some type of sport much of the sport until a drills to give them a sense since they were four or small because of the panfriend’s parent invited him of how intense the sport is. five years old and I have demic,” said Mrs. Lesto play for their team. Conner’s parents, Ey- always been amazed at the sane. “I asked for feedback “I realized this was anna and Virgil, were all time the volunteers give from the parents and they the sport for me, because aboard once their son ap- them even though they loved it. Conner starts on lacrosse is a sport that is proached them with the don’t get paid. It always time and goes through all different from football and idea of holding the clinics impressed me, the people of his drills and he really basketball and it really for the kids. who are willing to give explains what lacrosse is takes different aspects of “It was really up to their time to help my kids, all about. The turnout has both sports. It takes some Conner, because he want- so I am really elated to see been great.” Conner’s wish is of the same principles, for- ed to give back to the com- my kids doing the same mations and concepts of munity this summer,” said thing by giving their time for more young African American kids to pick up football and basketball and Mrs. Lessane. “He has to help some other kids.” it is just my type of sport.” been practicing his game The Lessanes say they the sport because it takes Lessane has held three and he is really passion- chose the locations for the a similar skillset as footclinics around the city this ate about the sport, so he clinics to maximize their ball and basketball, so he summer. During his clin- wanted to give back to the opportunity to bring the knows they will excel. He ics, he shows the kids ba- African American com- sport to as many minority dreams of playing lacrosse sic drills on how to pass, munity and get them in- children as possible. The in college and possibly shoot, pick up ground balls volved.” response from the partici- even on the professional and attacking. He also puts Mr. Lessane added, pants and parents has been level. the kids in simulated game “My boys have been play- well received, they said.

Rams’ Daijah Chambers honored as CIAA Woman of the Year CHARLOTTE - Winston-Salem State University senior infielder Daijah Chambers was selected by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) Association subcommittee as one of two honorees for the CIAA Woman of the Year. She joins Claflin University’s Faith McKie as the conference’s 2020 honorees. Chambers earned the honor after a terrific career with the Rams softball team. Though that career was cut short due to COVID-19, it didn’t stop the Richmond, Va. native from earning the honor from the CIAA. The honor caps a tremendous career for Chambers, who graduated cum laude from Winston-Salem State University in the spring of 2020. She earned a bachelor of science degree in clinical laboratory science. She carried a cumulative 3.45 grade-point average (GPA) and earned a spot on the Dean’s List during all four years at WinstonSalem State University. Athletically, Chambers

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had a tremendous career at Winston-Salem State University. Her career included a 2019 CIAA softball championship and she was also a part of the team’s first win in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament in school history. She compiled a .347 career batting average with the Rams, including batting .462 during her stellar junior season. She was a 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selection as well as a 2019 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Team selection. She was also a first team selection to the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference selection and a member of the 2019 D2NCAA AllAtlantic Region team selection.    In addition to her efforts in the classroom and on the playing field, Chambers was also committed to serving the community. She spent time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Odd

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Fellows Cemetary, and at Hall Woodward Elementary School. She also gave her time on campus as she served as a volunteer during WSSU Freshman Week for the past three years. With her selection as the CIAA Woman of the Year, Chambers and McKie will represent the CIAA for consideration for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees, 10 from each division (NCAA Division I, II, and III). The top 30 will be announced in September. From there, the selection committee will narrow the pool to three finalists from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named this fall. For more information on Rams athletics, log on to www.WSSURams.com.


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Elder Richard Wayne Wood

Rev. Mark Creech voices concerns to ABC Commission about liquor tasting events

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Taming the Tongue Scriptures: James 3:1-12 By the end of this lesson, we will: *Explain how James’ illustrations demonstrate the power of the tongue; *Repent of times when the use of our tongues has ignited a destructive fire; *Practice controlling the tongue so it becomes a consistent source of refreshment to others. Background: The third chapter of James has the headings “Taming the Tongue and The Untamable Tongue,” depending on the translation you read. Both titles are directed at a person who would be a teacher. James is issuing a warning that teachers will be subject to stricter judgment than will others. James’ concern is that the tongue/words that a teacher/leader speaks represents their thoughts and ideas. James says that the mouth is the focal point and indicator of a man’s falleness and sinful heart condition. What teachers say can affect those who hear – either for better or for worse. Lesson: James uses verses 1 – 3 to express his concern that unsuitable people would seek the position of teacher for the honor that went with it. He points to a “perfect man” in describing the spiritually mature with the ability to control their tongues. In the third verse he uses a horse and bit as an example of how a small object controls a much larger one. Verses four and five are further examples of how the tongue, even though small, has the power to control one’s whole person and influence all aspects of his life. “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.” Like fire, the tongue’s sinful words can spread destruction rapidly. The tongue can easily be used as a tool for evil (verse 6). Animals can be tamed, but the tongue cannot. James says that words kill and warns of the evil that resides in the power of the tongue. No one can tame the tongue. Only the power of God can (verse 8). James says that human nature is contradictive. Our ability to both bless and curse is his example. With the same tongue we bless God and wish evil on people made in God’s image (verses 9-10). James uses three illustrations from nature to demonstrate the sinfulness of cursing. Nature is not contradictive, but has a regularity that James says we should emulate. He concludes with the idea that believers must think, say and do those things that reflect who they are in Christ. The genuine believer, especially those seeking to teach, will not contradict his profession of faith by the regular use of unwholesome words – he will choose to listen to the voice of God and do His will (verses 1112). (The UMI Annual Commentary 2019-2020, The MacArthur Study Bible, the Jewish Study Bible, The New Interpreter’s Study Bible, the Oxford Bible Commentary). For Your Consideration: How can we learn to control and modify the words that come out of our mouths? Why are the words of a teacher so important? Application: As children of a living God, our obligation and our delight is to always walk and talk as true disciples of Christ. This can only be done when our walk and talk mirror those of our Savior. We must speak with love and true intent to comfort, heal and teach godly principles to others. UMI: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)

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The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission held its September meeting virtually recently. During the meeting, the commission held a public hearing on proposed permanent rules for ABC Store Spirituous Liquor Tasting events. Liquor tasting events were a provision included in a 2019 alcohol reform measure passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Roy Cooper. Events may only be held between 1-7 p.m. and may not last more than three hours. Each local ABC store may hold no more than three events per calendar week, and no more than two at the same time. A consumer may sample not more than ½ ounce on any calendar day. Advertising is limited to posting at the ABC store and local ABC board offices, and notification to mixed beverage permittees. Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, spoke during the hearing and registered his concerns. Following are his comments: “Good morning Chairman Guy, Commissioners Mitchell and Stout. I am Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. It is both a blessing and an honor to speak before you today. Furthermore, I want to thank each of you for your service on the ABC Commission. Your work is critical to encouraging a temperate society and keeping North Carolinians as safe as possible from the abuses of alcohol. Although everyone who knows me understands that I abstain from alcoholic beverages and as a clergyman have always encouraged the same of others, I still believe very much in your work, without which I am confident that many of the old evils against which Prohibition was invoked could easily return. This is why I am a staunch defender of our current control system, and everything that I say to you today is offered out of that disposition.

I do not speak to you in the hope of changing anything already done. I understand the die is now cast. Instead, I speak in the hope that my words might be made a part of the ABC Commission’s record – that my words might be available somehow to future generations – for I fear that after more than eight decades, ABC has turned a corner that could ultimately bring about its demise. That may seem like nothing short of hyperbole to some when I explain how this could be the case, but I still believe it’s true, and I have never hoped more concerning anything that I am wrong. The Christian Action League was the primary opponent, perhaps even the sole opponent, to liquor tasting events in local ABC stores. For several years we succeeded in convincing state lawmakers of the wisdom in rejecting such a proposal. Contrary to some reports, our opposition was never based on concerns that the small samplings of liquor allowed for tasting events would present any serious danger for intoxication and its unfortunate consequences. The League’s position was always a philosophically based argument. In 2005, when the North Carolina General Assembly was debating the merits of whether to adopt a stateoperated lottery, one of the contentions erroneously made in favor of enacting the lottery was that the state was already in the liquor business. The League argued then, as it always has, even with a sense of pride that North Carolina has never been in the liquor business. ABC has traditionally been about control – about regulating the sale of a product that is not an ordinary commodity and presents considerable health and safety risks. Characteristically, ABC stores have never been about promoting the sale of liquor. ABC stores and their local boards have rightly kept to a position of neutrality and avoided appearances of endorsements or encouragements to drink. The purpose of ABC stores has only been to pro-

vide accessibility to spirits through a highly regulated form of liquor sales, and only where the electorate authorized it by the ballot box. Liquor tasting events at ABC stores, however, cross a line. It changes the core objective of an ABC store from the neutral stance of providing accessibility to an alliance between the stores and the spirits industry in the earnest promotion and sale of liquor. It is this principle of the matter that should concern everyone who genuinely cares about preserving the ABC system. Though it may seem to be a relatively small thing to most, liquor tasting events at ABC stores reflect a significant paradigm shift in philosophy from a position of neutrality to one of active participation with the spirits industry. Just as a slight turn of the steering wheel on one’s car can slowly turn the entire vehicle around, so liquor tasting events at ABC stores ever so slightly shift the stores’ focus from “control” to a concentration on “profit.” At the repeal of prohibition, when systems like North Carolina’s were being adopted, and John D. Rockefeller Jr. was a chief engineer of such systems, Rockefeller warned: “Only as the profit motive is eliminated is there any hope of controlling the liquor traffic in the interest of a decent society. To approach the problem from any other angle is only to tinker with it and ensure failure.” This truth remains constant for every generation. When the legislation for liquor tastings was on the table last year, the League was gravely disappointed the North Carolina Association of ABC Boards changed their position of “neutral” on in-store tasting events to one of “support.” The League believes this was a grievous error that may eat away like cancer into the very purpose of our ABC stores’ existence. Many of my friends and colSee ABC on B6

White Christian bigotry BY JAMES A. HAUGHT

Racism is much stronger among America’s white Christians than among churchless whites – and it always has been. That’s the message of a new book by social analyst Robert Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute. “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity” contends that white churches didn’t merely adapt the nation’s surrounding racism  – but actually fostered it, locking it into the culture. Today, white Christians display more prejudice than nonChristians. Here’s a sample: PRRI agents asked thousands of people whether police killings of unarmed black men are mere “isolated incidents” or if they reveal deep-rooted hostility to African Americans. Among white evangelicals – the heart of the Republican Party – 71% chose “isolated incidents.”  But just 38% of churchless whites agreed. Another example:  Some 86% of white evangelicals think the Confederate flag is “more

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a symbol of southern pride than of racism” – but only 41% of unaffiliated whites share that view. When PRRI interviewers read this statement – “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for Blacks to work their way out of the lower class” – churchless whites agreed at a much higher rate than white Christians did. Obviously, white Americans who don’t attend church are more sympathetic to downtrodden minorities than white Christians are. Jones grew up a Southern Baptist and studied at a

Southern Baptist seminary before he awakened to the entrenched racism engulfing him. Now he is combating it. Personally, when I grew up in the 1940s, racism was absolute in America. Blacks were treated as an inferior subspecies. They were forced to live in squalid ghettos, forbidden to enter all-white restaurants, hotels, theaters, pools, parks, clubs, schools, neighborhoods, jobs and the rest of white society. White supremacy steeped America so much that it seemed normal.  I became an adolescent newspaper reporter in the early 1950s, when the civil rights movement barely had begun. In a staff meeting, our editor vowed that our paper never would print “n----r weddings.” Later, under a new publisher, the paper became a fierce crusader for integration and equality. The private lake where I lived had bylaws requiring members to be “white Christians,” excluding Jews also.  When I filed a proposal to admit minorities, leaders panicked and canceled the annual meeting. But the lake eventually integrated. (Technically,

I didn’t fit the Christian requirement, because I was a renegade Unitarian.) At that time, I didn’t notice that white churches fostered segregation any more than all other elements of society did. But I defer to the greater knowledge of Jones, who has spent his life studying this field. As PRRI agents surveyed thousands of Americans, Jones created a “racism index” to identify which groups are most bigoted. White evangelicals scored highest at 78%. Irreligious whites rated 42%. He told CNN: “President Trump, who has put white supremacy front and center, has brought these issues from just barely below the surface into plain view. … White Christians have inherited a worldview that has Christians on top of other religions, men over women, whites over blacks. James Haught, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is editor emeritus of West Virginia’s largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail and author of 12 books.

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Thursdays and Saturdays Free Meals Christ Rescue Temple Church, 1500 North Dunleith Ave., will serve hot meals as part of the People Helping People Feeding Program. Meals will be served every Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church’s location. For more information, call 336-7229841. NOW Zoom services New Birth Worship Center (NBWC) in East Bend has gone virtual. Please join Dr. James L. E. Hunt, senior pastor on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on Zoom webinar. The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84789021891 or Dial-In: 1 301 715 8592 ID Mtg. #: 84789021891.

In addition, Sunday School is taught by Deacon James Henry at 9 a.m. via telephone conference call #: 1 917 900 1022 ID#: 868433#. All are welcome to join us for Zoom (virtual) Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Our Pastor, Dr. Hunt, will be the teacher. The Zoom Link: https://us02web. zoom.us/j/89195349778 or Dial-In Mtg #: 1 301 715 8592 ID#: 89195349778#. For additional information, please call 336-6993583 or visitwww.newbirthworshipcenter.org or visit our Facebook page.

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Aug. 23 First Waughtown Baptist Church Live Stream Senior Pastor Dr. Dennis W. Bishop will deliver the sermon online at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. The sermon topic will be Places Where We Can or Should Evangelize, part 6. Please join us on Facebook Live, https:// www.facebook.com/FirstWaughtown/ or the First Waughtown website, https://www.firstwaughtown.org

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Aug. 29 Back-to-School giveaway Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, 149 Wheeler Street, will be hosting a Summer Snack and School Supplies giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. The snacks and school supplies are on a first come first serve basis. William J. Purvis Sr. is the pastor. For additional information, call the church office at 336-724-3106.


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Community Calendar Please call ahead to make sure your event is still happening. We will post cancellations/postponements announcements when received. NOW – Volunteer Center of the Triad The Volunteer Center of the Triad is responding to COVID-19 by bringing the volunteer community together. We have designated a portion of our website - www.volunteercentertriad.org - to assist our non-profit community as their needs arise around the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in volunteering, visit www.volunteercentertriad.org, click COVID-19 Response and search volunteer opportunities available. NOW – Girl Scouts on Facebook Live Every Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11 a.m., Girl Scouts and anyone who is interested can tune into Facebook Live workshops with topics ranging anywhere from STEM and gardening to life skills and family game night. They even host a weekly campfire on Thursday evenings. To receive information for these newly forming troops, families can visit www. BeAGirlScout.org/connect. There will be specific troop times for each girl grade level. For more information about virtual Girl Scout opportunities or to learn more about Girl Scouting in your community, please visit www.girlscoutsp2p. org. Questions about virtual programming can also be directed to info@girlscoutsp2p.org or 800672-2148. NOW - Oct. 4 – Artist support grants The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is seeking applications for its new Artist Support Grants program (formerly the Regional Artist Project Grant), which will help artists in a five-county region further their professional and artistic development. Committed, gifted individual artists and collaborative groups in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Guilford and Randolph counties are eligible to

apply. Deadline for applications is Sunday, October 4, 2020 by midnight. Grants will range from $500 - $2,000. Guidelines, application and online information sessions are available at www.intothearts. org. There will be two information sessions held online to assist with the application process and to address any questions. Artists need to attend only one session and are asked to RSVP to jmedley@intothearts.org. Respondents will be sent the link to attend. A recorded information session will be available online for those who cannot attend. Aug. 20 – RiverRun to screen The RiverRun International Film Festival has announced that it will screen the film “before/ during/after,” originally scheduled to be part of the 2020 festival, at the Marketplace Drive-In in Winston-Salem on Thursday, Aug. 20. Marketplace Cinemas is located at 2095 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. Gates will open at 7:30 pm with the screening beginning at dusk around 8:45 pm. Tickets are $20 per car / $30 per car for VIP parking, and are available for purchase by visitinghttps://mpcwsdrivein.simpletix.com. Aug. 27 – RiverRun to screen The RiverRun International Film Festival will screen the film “John Lewis: Good Trouble” in partnership with the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro at the Marketplace Drive-In in Winston-Salem on Thursday, Aug. 27. Marketplace Cinemas is located at 2095 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. with the screening beginning at dusk around 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 per car / $30 per car for VIP parking, and are available for purchase by visiting https:// mpcwsdrivein.simpletix.com.

Aug. 29 – 16th annual Shmedfast Shmedfest, a family-friendly music event benefitting Crisis Control Ministry, will be held virtually all day on Saturday, Aug. 29. Follow Shmedfest on Facebook to tune in for great music, dance challenges, giveaways, and stories of impact from Crisis Control Ministry. In addition, this year there is a new fitness challenge event called The Shmed, a fundraiser organized by F3 Winston-Salem held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Bring your tent and camp out overnight with F3. The Shmed will be live streamed, so you can register and work out from the comfort of your own home too. The Shmed includes four 45-minute workouts over a 24-hour period at 6 p.m., 2 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5 p.m. There will also be a 5,000-rep challenge and prizes for the winners! To register for The Shmed, go online to https://secure.qgiv. com/event/the_shmed/. The Shmed has a registration fee to cover the cost of your t-shirt and provide a family with a food order from Crisis Control Ministry. Shmedfest is free, but donations are encouraged! You can donate online at www.crisiscontrol.org. Here are online Bookmarks events for the month of August Contact: info@bookmarksnc.org URL for info on all events: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/calendar August 20 at 7 p.m. 8 for 8 Parapalooza! Hear from eight authors with new books recently released or coming soon. Bookmarks’ Parapalooza! Events feature authors reading one carefully chosen paragraph from their newest book. Authors include: Susan Abulhawa, Ashley Blooms, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Randall Kenan, Charlie Lovett, and Shruti Swamy. Moderated by Bookmarks staff. This event is free to attend virtually but requires registration. Email info@ bookmarksnc.org.

August 25 at 6:30 p.m. Bookmarks Book ClubVirtual Meeting Join us to discuss Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Email jamie@ bookmarksnc.org. August 27 at 7 p.m. Bookmarks Presents Jill McCorkle Our July Signed First Editions Club pick is Hieroglyphics, the new novel by North Carolina author Jill McCorkle. We will be discussing the book with Jill virtually on Zoom. This is a paywhat-you-can event. For details, visit bookmarksnc.org/calendar. August 28 at 6 p.m. Well-Read Black Girl Book Club -Virtual Meeting Bookmarks is proud to host the Winston-Salem chapter of the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club. Discussions will always be hosted by women of color, but people of all colors and gender identities who would like to reflect on the reading and writing of women of color are welcome. This month we will be discussing The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Information at bookmarksnc.org/wrbg. August 29, all-day event Independent Bookstore Day Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country, usually on the last Saturday of April. Due to COVID-19 this year, the celebration has been rescheduled to August. This will be a day-long celebration at Bookmarks. Join us for activities, trivia, and giveaways. Presented with support from Marley Drug August 31 at 7 p.m. Book Trivia Join us for our monthly book trivia with Caleb - virtually! Email caleb@bookmarksnc.org to register.

Canceled events: Aug. 27-29 – Used book sale - Canceled The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem’s 33rd Annual Used Book Sale scheduled for Thursday - Saturday, Aug. 27- 29, at the fairgrounds has been canceled. 2020 Summer Music Series - Canceled The Downtown WinstonSalem Partnership has canceled the 2020 Summer Music Series that consists of Downtown Jazz on Friday nights and Summer on Liberty on Saturday nights. We plan on returning to the event in the summer of 2021.  How to submit items to the community calendar: We appreciate your community news. Here’s how you can help us to process your news more efficiently: *Please give us complete information about the event, such as the sponsor and address, date, time and place of the event and contact information so that the public can contact someone for more information if needed. *Please submit items in document form in an email or Word or PDF attachment. *Submit photos as attachments to emails as jpegs at least 4 inches wide by 6 inches deep rather than sent on documents. Please send captions with photos. *Please do not send jpeg fliers only, since we cannot transfer the information on them into documents. The deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. to have all calendar items submitted for that week’s paper. Send your calendar items to news@wschronicle.com. You can also drop them off, Monday through Friday before 5 p.m., or mail your items to WinstonSalem Chronicle, 1300 E. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; or send them via our website, www.wschronicle.com.

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Rasheeda S. Liberty named 25th International President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. CARY (BlackNews. com) - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., a leading historically African American Greek-lettered sorority, has announced that Rasheeda S. Liberty was elected the 25th International Grand Basileus of the organization during the 58th Biennial Boule. In her new role, Mrs. Liberty, a 26-year member of the renowned sorority, will lead the organization as it celebrates its 100th year. Mrs. Liberty, a regional finance director for Amazon, is a recognized corporate leader with over 28 years of experience in delivering results for Fortune 100 companies. A proven and dedicated mentor, she has spearheaded the growth of Sigma Gamma Rho in the Southeastern Region since 2016, serving in several leadership roles including international first vice-president, Southeastern Region director, and as international editor in chief. Mrs. Liberty Rasheeda S. Liberty is lauded by her sorority in excellence toward our for her stewardship of the Centennial, and execute organization’s mission of with a spirit of servant enhancing the quality of leadership,” said Mrs. life for women and their Liberty. “The challenge families in the U.S. and ahead is great, but our viglobally. sion, impact, and purpose She is a member of nu- is greater. I look forward merous organizations in- to working collaboratively cluding Top Ladies of Dis- with members, affiliates, tinction, NAACP, Finance partners, vendors, and staff Executive Networking on the road ahead.” Group (FENG), and Jack As international presi& Jill of America. Mrs. dent, Mrs. Liberty will Liberty joined the Sigma provide leadership to over Gamma Rho Sorority in 100,000 sorority members 1994 at Marquette Univer- and serve as chairman sity in Milwaukee, Wis. of the board of directors, “To be elected as the comprised of 38 national International Grand Basi- and regional officers who leus of Sigma Gamma Rho manage the sorority’s 500 Sorority, Inc. is an excit- chapters in the United ing opportunity to unleash States and in several counour collective potential, tries. bring an unmatched viDuring the Biennial sion to the forefront, move Boule, members of Sigma

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about control, or it has the potential to become just like any other private store based on profit. Privatization of liquor sales would be a disaster for public health and safety in North Carolina. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and members of the Commission. I appreciate your time this morning. May God bless you and may God bless the great state of North Carolina.” Larry Etheridge from Elm City also spoke at the hearing on behalf of

the Wilson County ABC Board. Etheridge had concerns about one section of the proposed rules which he said would negatively impact the fairness for all representatives of the spirits industry to participate in the tasting events. Because of Mr. Etheridge’s concerns, the Commission postponed taking any vote on the rules until his concerns could be thoroughly vetted in another meeting.

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Gamma Rho also elected the following individuals to the International Board of Directors: *Marica Harris - International First Grand VicePresident *Te’Lor Allen - International Second Grand Vice-President *Rhonda Davis - International Recording Financial Secretary *Dr. Khalilah Shabazz - International Recording Secretary *Vanessa Tyson - International Treasurer *Richelle N. Jones Editor-in-Chief of The Aurora, the sorority’s official magazine *Tamika Williams Clark - Historian

The Winston-Salem Chapter of the North Carolina Central University Alumni Association boasts another winner! LaRue P. Cunningham was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the National Alumni Association at the National Council meeting on Aug. 1 in Durham. Last year, another local alumnus from Granville County was a national awards recipient. Alumnae LaRue P. Cunningham is a 1970 graduate of NCCU with a BA in history, minoring in English. She hails from rural Granville County where she learned early on that “It is better to give than to receive.” “Truth and Service” is simply an extension of this philosophy. Cunningham, a retired educator from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, volunteers at three local elementary schools—Ashley Academy for Cultural and Global Studies, North Hills and Kimberley Park Elementary Schools and through her church in Granville County. Additionally, she is a Golden Life Member of Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,

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Inc. where she continues her volunteer efforts. In the schools, Cunningham tutors, proctors tests, donates goods and services, and finances when needed under her ‘Eagle’ hat. As a tutor, she provides her students with additional educational enrichment materials and weekly treats. In the local Eagle chapter, Cunningham has held numerous offices. She helped carry out the project of serving a meal to the medical residents at SECU House and provided aprons for Eagles serving the meal. Cunningham has long been involved in the chapter’s annual holiday basket project to collect food and to deliver baskets to sites where needed. At Blue Wing Baptist Church, she is a member of the choir, Sunday

school and Senior Missionaries. She provides historical briefs on African Americans for the church bulletins and serves as the church/community historian ... and much more. She serves on various Phi Omega committees and uses her skills as a seamstress to make little dresses, pillowcase shirts and shorts for children in developing countries. She spearheads food services for the Sorority’s Annual MLK Day of Service at Union Baptist Church. Most recently, Cunningham has been involved in the construction of face masks which she donates and sells to aid in the fight against COVID-19. She reached the 2,000 mark during the first week in August. In addition to these activities, Cunningham is very involved in the care of her 96-year-old parents who still reside in the family home in Granville County. Much of Cunningham’s volunteerism is in partnership with her ‘sidekick’ ‘half-Eagle’ daughter, LaDessa. If a job needs to be done, Cunningham steps up and does her best to assist in causes which uplift humanity.

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The Winston-Salem Symphony Jewelry designer and photographer team up for Arts Council exhibition Announces 2020–21 Season Reimagined Collaborative work by Jasmine Huff and Nannette Davis in Arboreal Gallery

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Winston-Salem artists Jasmine Huff, photographer, and Nannette Davis, jewelry designer, have teamed up for a joint exhibition in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts’ Arboreal Gallery, Aug. 15 –Sept. 24. Titled “FORM / TEXTURE / LIGHT / SHADOW,” the show will be open to the public to view on site, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Visitors will be required to wear face masks or other appropriate face coverings, and observe social distancing guidelines. To facilitate compliance with current maximum capacity guidelines, visitors may be asked to wait temporarily in adjacent areas of the Rhodes Center before entering the gallery.  Nannette Davis debuted a custom jewelry collection with fashion designer Puja Arora at Winston-Salem Fashion Week 2018, which developed into a collection that was shown at New York Fashion Week 2019. Subsequently, Davis and photographer Jasmine Huff

Nannette Davis, jewelry designer shadow in Jasmine’s photography reflected the texture and form in my jewelry,” said Davis. “We came up with a vision that you might call a ‘photographic narrative’ that showcased not only how the jewelry was to be worn, but how each piece transforms its wearer,”

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eral months since the onset of the COVID-19 virus. Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, the under-40 affiliate organization of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, originally conceived the exhibition for the Duke Energy Gallery in the Hanesbrands Theatre. When Hanes-

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The Winston-Salem Symphony is excited to announce the 2020–21 Season Reimagined. This Reimagined season replaces the fall 2020 concerts originally announced earlier this year. Concerts have been reimagined to feature music for a smaller orchestra that will accommodate socially distanced musicians on stage. Adjustments to concerts scheduled from January through May 2021 will be shared in late fall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reimagined fall concert schedule seeks to present three modified Classics concerts, the inaugural Ignite Family Series concert, and a special A Carolina Christmas concert. All these concerts will be available online to Stage Pass members. Stage Pass is a new digital membership program providing access to exclusive online content including live-streamed performances, Etherbound presentations, behind-the-scenes extras, and interviews with musicians and special guests. Stage Pass can be purchased at wssymphony.org for $75. Additionally, the Winston-Salem Symphony will continue to offer a number of special digital performances through its social media channels including Musician Moments, Camera1, and a new Etherbound project, expected November 2020. As the Symphony

continues to adapt to COVID-19 social distancing protocols and safety guidelines, it is difficult to fit all 78 contract musicians on a single stage. However, over the next few months, the Winston-Salem Symphony will offer a reimagined way of experiencing live music in homes, gardens and around the community: Symphony Serenades. Serenades are small ensembles consisting of Winston-Salem Symphony musicians performing a selection of works curated by Music Director Tim Redmond and Assistant Conductor Karen NÍ Bhroin that represent the full talent and creativity that the Winston-Salem Symphony has to offer. The cost of Serenade packages will vary depending upon the size of the ensemble and the conductor needs. Individuals and organizations interested in hosting their own Serenade microconcert can contact the Winston-Salem Symphony for more information. The Winston-Salem Symphony acknowledges the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis and the lack of clarity regarding the duration of the pandemic. Though the Symphony is working diligently to create safe alternatives to a typical season, the organization is prepared to respond if circumstances necessitate changes to its musical offerings. Should the Symphony need to cancel or reschedule concerts outlined below, the Sym-

phony will communicate with Stage Pass holders through traditional communication mechanisms. All concert information is subject to change. The Winston-Salem Symphony is committed to the safety of musicians, audiences, and the community. Below is the current schedule: *London Calling Saturday, Oct. 24, live streamed from the Stevens Center Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville Anna Clyne: Sound and Fury Haydn: Symphony No. 104, “London” *American Landscape Sunday, Nov. 15, live streamed from the Stevens Center Copland: Appalachian Spring Dan Locklair: In Memory — H.H.L. Dvořák: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 *A Carolina Christmas: Unwrapped The Ramkat Saturday, Nov. 28 *Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony Sextet  Wednesday, Dec. 16, live streamed from the Moravian Music Foundation Additional offerings throughout the fall will include the first  Ignite Family Series concert, the fall 2020 Etherbound release, Symphony Serenades, and educational programming. For more information, visit wssymphony.org.

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Emily Ortiz Badalamente models a stunning necklace by Nannette Davis. began discussing how photography could be used creatively to enhance the presentation of the jewelry. “We quickly discovered that we inspire each other with our individual bodies of work, compelling the other to grow within our unique mediums. Each work echoed off the other. The light and

said Huff. “My photography offers a new view of the collection, which elevates both the models and the jewelry they are wearing into works of art, wholly and fully beautiful. Nannette shared that vision and it continues as the foundation of our Jasmine and Nannette collaboration.”  The exhibition has evolved over the last sev-

Model Jerotich Yegon displays dramatic back necklace created by Nannette Davis.

brands Theatre was closed due to COVID-19, the exhibition was expanded and moved next door to the Arboreal Gallery in the Milton Rhodes Center for The Arts, with The Arts Council as lead sponsor. Art Nouveau member Lindsay Piper Potter-Figueiredo assumed the duties of curator and played a key role, along with Shannon Stokes, patron services and events manager at The Arts Council, who is the exhibition’s coordinating producer. The models for the jewelry in the exhibition are Jerotich Yegon and Emily Ortiz Badalamente.  Winston-Salem, known as the “City of Arts & Innovation,” and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports more than 5,550 fulltime equivalent jobs, accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.   

Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks Department will continue to offer extended day camps at nine recreation centers starting Monday, Aug. 17, to provide an alternative location where children can participate in their remote learning classes. The day camps will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at a cost of $25 a week. Children will be able to use the Wi-Fi connections at participating recreation centers to access the Internet. Participants

should bring their laptop or learning device (fully charged), school supplies, and a bagged lunch/snack. After classes are over for the day, the staff will offer recreation and leisure activities. The program is available for students of all ages, with a limit of 18 students per site. Social distancing measures will be in place and students should wear masks. Parents can register their children at the recreation center they will use. A fillable registration form is posted at WePLAY.ws. Parents should bring the completed form with pay-

ment to the center they will use. Contact your desired location to ensure there is space. The day camps will be offered at the Hanes Hosiery, Little Creek, Martin Luther King Jr., Miller Park, Minnie Lee Davis Harris, Polo Park, Sedge Garden, William C. Sims Sr. and William Roscoe Anderson Jr. recreation centers. Registration forms, the Parent Handbook and more information about the camps are posted at WePLAY.ws, or send an email to Nicole Hale at nicoleh@ cityofws.org or Gary Lash at garydl@cityofws.org.

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