ECHO Award Winners - 2003

Bertha Roundtree launched the "Moviegoers", a diverse group who gather monthly to view selected films with themes ranging from racism and ageism to child abuse and domestic violence. The group's screenings include post-movie discussions about the theme of the movie and its relationship to our community. The "Moviegoers" initiative increases trust by building bridging social capital across lines of difference. Bertha Roundtree was nominated by Annie Cahoon and Marjorie Northup.

Reverend Reuban Gilliam has led a gathering of 40 faith-based groups and other neighborhood volunteer groups through the Industrial Areas Foundation, or IAF. The local effort, now known as CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment), has connected over 1400 people from varied religious backgrounds and across racial, social, and socioeconomic lines. Without Reuban Gilliam's tenacity, IAF would not be working in Winston-Salem. Reverend Gilliam has also built social capital through his work with the Interfaith Partnership, which has linked community members from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian faiths, as well as those who represent government agencies and private social service agencies. Reuban Gilliam was nominated by Nick Hennessee, Robert Conn, and James Hamblen.

UNITY Neighborhood Association, a collaboration of several neighborhood associations, involves neighborhood residents in a variety of social capital-building activities such as block clean-ups, garden plantings, build-a-house projects, and elderly home repair. These activities build trust among the residents within the participating neighborhoods. Many important partnerships have been formed as a result of the activities; most of the connections have been made across neighborhood lines. UNITY Neighborhood Association was nominated by Paula McCoy.

Dale Pollock, Dean of the NC School of the Arts' Film School, was instrumental in extending the Cinema Society to create Films on Fourth, a film series geared toward bringing more people into downtown Winston-Salem to enjoy the arts and entertainment that the area has to offer. The Films on Fourth series has brought non-mainstream movies to the city, thereby attracting an eclectic film audience totaling more than 14,000 people in the series' first four months. By bringing such large numbers of people downtown regularly, Films on Fourth benefits restaurants, helps improve safety, and enlivens downtown with positive energy. Dale Pollock also provided leadership for the RiverRun International Film Festival and was nominated by Ralph Womble.

Renegade Ninja Cowgirls, A.K.A. Ruby and Sapphire, build social capital through the scattering of single, positive words throughout our community. What they term, "positive propaganda" can also be described as bridging social capital. Their words serve as reminders of positive values that unite us across lines of difference. The Cowgirls, who are actually Kelly Petersen and Millicent Greason, truly understand and value social capital.


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