Since 1985, Winston-Salem’s oldest and most-respected community newspaper has invited elected officials, business professionals, community leaders, residents and other stakeholders in the community to take part in the award ceremony designed to honor individuals throughout the area for their hard work and dedication to improving lives. Last Saturday evening, April 23, hundreds of people gathered at the Donald Julian Reaves Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University for the 31st edition of he annual event.
Professor Simmons and Dean Reynolds were presented with Community Service Awards, along with Paulette Lewis-Moore, the Rev. Kelly Carpenter, Bishop Todd Fulton and Elizabeth Speight. The Innocence and Justice Clinic, led by Rabil, was one of the recipients of the Organization of the Year award, along with the Winston-Salem Urban League.
The community service awards event was created to recognize those individuals who benefit the overall quality of life for the community, many of whom are often unsung heroes who go about their daily lives helping to improve the conditions of the city, according to Chronicle Publisher Emeritus Ernie Pitt.