After Friday’s release of body camera footage of the arrest of 14 year old Rockell Baldwin, the Winston-Salem Urban League remains concerned about the Winston-Salem Police Department and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ approach to policing in schools. While Officer McCormick states that Ms. Baldwin was ultimately arrested for disorderly conduct related to a fight, the footage suggests that no fight took actually place. James Perry, Winston-Salem Urban League CEO, said, “Schools are intended to provide a caring learning environment for children as they mature. It is understood that children will stumble while on the path to adulthood. If the new standard is one in which childhood...

In response to the October 5, arrest of Rockell Baldwin at Hanes Magnet School by a school resource officer, James Perry, Winston-Salem Urban League issued the following statement: While we are still collecting facts in the disturbing and violent arrest of 14-year-old Rockell Baldwin at Hanes Magnet School, the current available information provides no reasonable explanation for an adult male to slam a child to the hot pavement, put his knee in her back, apply the full weight of his body to her, and hold her face against the hot pavement and handcuff her. We urge the following: The school resource officer who engaged in this...

  By Rep. Bobby Scott United States Congress 3rd Congressional District, Virginia African-American students are graduating high school and enrolling in college at higher rates than ever before, but despite much progress, the right to equal educational opportunity remains a struggle. Access to public education may have come a long way since the dark eras of slavery or the segregation of Jim Crow, but too many African-American students still attend underfunded public schools segregated by race and class, effectively denying them equal educational opportunity and the chance to succeed in college and career. Continue reading...

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Last night, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial and Winston-Salem Urban League President and CEO, James Perry, released the following statements expressing opposition to the Senate's passage of the so-called "tax reform" bill: Marc Morial: "Despite widespread opposition and public outcry, tonight the U.S. Senate passed a dangerous tax package that directly undermines the economic advancement of low- and middle-income Americans through cuts to key programs and services. "To be clear, this is not a tax reform bill. What the Senate passed without fully reading is a massive giveaway for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations that...