A Spirited Historical Marker Ceremony At The Former 14th Street School

Saturday, I went to the 14th Street School historical marker and an East Winston pep-rally broke out. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many folks turned out, approximately 50 people, possibly more. That’s a stronger turnout than these type of ceremonies typically get in Winston. The vast majority of the crowd were wearing red, white, and blue t-shirts signifying that they were former students at the 14th Street School. There were a lot of old friends in the audience.

As Salem’s 2017 Class Walks, We Should Remember Those Who Sat

Salem College’s commencement was held today at the Lawrence Joel. Susan Goldberg, the first woman to serve as editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine, addressed the Salem Class of 2017. Her presence at Salem wasn’t the media circus that Jill Abramson’s 2014 commencement address at Wake Forest was. Abramson, The Times’ first executive editor, was controversially fired by our nation’s paper of record just days before she came to Winston. Her firing ignited a lively debate about women in management on social media.

In Honor Of Labor Day, Rename Reagan High School

Recently the Guilford County School Board voted to have Charles Aycock’s name removed from Aycock Middle School. Folks in Winston can be forgiven if they haven’t been following the Aycock controversy in Greensboro. Perhaps most people in Winston don’t know who Charles Aycock was? Charles Aycock was one of the key figures in the white supremacy campaign of 1898. In 1894 a fusionist coalition of white Democrats who were tired of the planter class’ domination of state politics teamed up with black Republicans and won.

SciTech: More Public Relations Than Panacea

This year’s SciTech just concluded yesterday. SciTech is a two week summer day camp for elementary and middle school students that immerses them in math and science. SciTech also takes students on field trips to places like Caterpillar’s Axle manufacturing plant, so that they can see real world applications of what they’re learning in the classroom. SciTech is sponsored by the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in partnership with Winston-Salem State University. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that approximately 100 students participated in this year’s SciTech.