Human Relations Department honors 84 students

Human Relations Department honors 84 students
March 08
05:00 2018

On Thursday, Feb. 15 more than 80 students representing each public school in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County as well as some private schools were recognized during the 38th annual Human Relations Student Awards Banquet.

Since 1980 the Winston-Salem Human Relations Department has held the awards banquet to recognize students in the area who exemplify positive human relations in their dealings with others on such issues as race, religion, and cultural differences.

During the banquet held at Embassy Suites Grand Pavilion, Wanda Allen-Abraha, human relations director said, “This is just one way we celebrate diversity that makes us outstanding as the city of Winston-Salem.”

Before presenting a proclamation to the Human Relations Department marking the day and the special occasion, Mayor Allen Joines said the annual event is one he looks forward to each year. He said when we recognize our young people we “re-energize” the future of our city, our state, and our country he said.

“We have a lot of these but I can’t think of any one that’s more important,” Joines continued “… This is a great partnership and a great symbiotic effort to recognize these young people.”

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke, who helped establish the Human Relations Commission in Winston-Salem, said she was proud of what the department has become.

The keynote address was delivered by Police Chief Catrina Thompson. Thompson, who is a 23-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department, was appointed as the city’s 15th chief last year. As she addressed the 84 students who were recognized during the banquet, Thompson encouraged the students to continue making a difference in the communities they live in.

“All of you are being recognized for something that doesn’t cost money, it doesn’t ruin your reputation, nor does it injure the spirit of others,” she continued. “Instead, you are being recognized for something that is basic, cost free, and beneficial to the human spirit.

“You have been giving of your time, your energy and most importantly, your love. You all have committed to a cause much bigger than yourself and that commitment has not gone unnoticed. Whether you know it or not, you are changing lives.”

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