May 2015: The Wilson Times (Part 2)

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May 2015: The Wilson Times (Part 2)
Friday, May 15, 2015 wilsontimes.com 2A
20/20: ‘Want to go in a better direction’
continued from page 1A
“We are what’s called
a migration magnet,” he
said.
The browning of America has included an increase in minority groups,
including Hispanics, as
states — North Carolina,
Texas, Florida and Georgia — captured 71 percent
of the nation’s population
growth.
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well as immigrants and
non-immigrants, which
include people remaining
in the United States with
expired Visas.
Intermarriage rates, in
2008, show that 41 percent
were between Hispanics
and whites, 15 percent
were white and Asian and
11 percent were between
whites and blacks.
The aging population
will require services and
care, but only half of
younger generations are
working. That has contributed to an increasing
number of dependents
in communities, including Wilson, Johnson said.
Grandparents who are
now raising their grandchildren adds a layer to
future challenges.
The decrease in men
in the workforce became
apparent during the Recession, when 80 percent
of the job losses affected
men, Johnson said.
“Today, three times as
many males working age
don’t work at all compared to 1969,” Johnson
said. “Women are about
to surpass men in the paid
workforce.”
Women surpassed men
in earning college degrees
in 2010, with 572,000
more women receiving
degrees.
Challenges for Wilson’s
future include racial
segregation and poverty.
Johnson said future challenges can be met by
James Johnson Jr., William Rand Kenan Jr. distinguished professor of entrepreneurship and
strategy at Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, was the keynote speaker at the Wilson
20/20 annual meeting at Barton College. Gray Whitley | Times
leveraging the power of
collective ambition, which
involves collaborative
engagement and a disciplined strategy execution.
Making sure people are
on the same page and going in the right direction
and acting on a vision are
equally important, he said.
“Communities compete
like firms,” Johnson said.
“You’re competing with
everybody. You’ve got to
take the mentality that
we’re not going to be beat
by anybody at anything.
You’ve got to build a col-
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lective ambition. You’ve
got to build a diverse community.”
Paula Benson, executive
director of Wilson 20/20,
said that Johnson’s presentation helped bring to
light a lot of information
many Wilson leaders understand.
“We have a lot of awareness,” Benson said. “We
know we have a community that is growing that
way. The information he’s
providing gives people the
understanding why it’s
important to focus on a
diverse representation and
diversity in our groups.”
The event also helped
to anchor and confirm the
ongoing work of Wilson
20/20, which is working
toward building a stronger
community through partnerships, collaboration
and shared resources.
“The Wilson 20/20 organization is about this community,” said Ken Jones,
Wilson 20/20 chairman.
“We have a long ways to
go. Wilson 20/20’s about
looking forward. We want
to go in a better direction.”
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today in history
Today is Friday, May 15, the
135th day of 2015. There are 230
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 15, 1975, U.S. forces
invaded the Cambodian island of
Koh Tang and captured the American merchant ship Mayaguez,
which had been seized by the
Khmer Rouge. (All 39 crew members had already been released
safely by Cambodia; some 40 U.S.
servicemen were killed in connection with the operation.)
On this date:
In 1776, Virginia endorsed American independence from Britain.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act establishing the
Department of Agriculture.
In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled that Standard Oil Co. was a
monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and ordered its
breakup.
In 1930, registered nurse Ellen
Church, the fist airline stewardess,
went on duty aboard an Oaklandto-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport (a forerunner of
United Airlines).
In 1940, DuPont began selling
its nylon stockings nationally. The
original McDonald's restaurant
was opened in San Bernardino,
California, by Richard and Maurice
McDonald.
In 1955, the United States, the
Soviet Union, Britain and France
signed the Austrian State Treaty,
which re-established Austria's
independence.
In 1963, astronaut L. Gordon
Cooper blasted off aboard Faith 7
on the final mission of the Project
Mercury space program.
In 1970, just after midnight,
Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James
Earl Green, two black students at
Jackson State College in Mississippi, were killed as police opened
fire during student protests.
In 1972, Alabama Gov. George
C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed by Arthur H. Bremer while
campaigning for president in Laurel, Maryland. (Bremer served 35
years for attempted murder.)
In 1988, the Soviet Union began
the process of withdrawing its
troops from Afghanistan, more
than eight years after Soviet
forces had entered the country.
In 1991, Edith Cresson was
appointed by French President
Francois Mitterrand (frahn-SWAH'
mee-teh-RAHN') to be France's
first female prime minister.
In 2000, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S.
Supreme Court threw out a key
provision of the 1994 Violence
Against Women Act, saying that
rape victims could not sue their
attackers in federal court.
Five years ago: Jessica Watson,
a 16-year-old Australian who'd
spent seven months at sea in her
pink yacht, became the youngest
person to sail around the world
solo, nonstop and unassisted as
she arrived in Sydney. Lookin at
Lucky, ridden by new jockey Martin Garcia, won the Preakness.
One year ago: President Barack
Obama dedicated the National
Sept. 11 Memorial Museum deep
beneath ground zero, calling it
a symbol that says of America:
“Nothing can ever break us.”
Today's Birthdays
Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer is
89. Actress-singer Anna Maria
Alberghetti is 79. Counterculture
icon Wavy Gravy is 79. Former
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright is 78. Singer Trini Lopez
is 78. Singer Lenny Welch is 77.
Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is
73. Actress Gunilla Hutton is 73.
Country singer K.T. Oslin is 73.
Former Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is 67.
Singer-songwriter Brian Eno is 67.
Actor Nicholas Hammond (Film:
“The Sound of Music”) is 65. Actor
Chazz Palminteri is 63. Baseball
Hall-of-Famer George Brett is 62.
Musician-composer Mike Oldfield
is 62. Actor Lee Horsley is 60.
TV personality Giselle Fernandez
is 54. Actress Brenda Bakke is
52. Football Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith is 46. Singer-rapper
Prince Be (PM Dawn) is 45. Actor
Brad Rowe is 45. Actor David
Charvet (shahr-VAY') is 43. Actor
Russell Hornsby is 41. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 41. Olympic
gold-medal gymnast Amy Chow
is 37. Actor David Krumholtz is 37.
Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 34.
Actress Alexandra Breckenridge
(TV: “The Walking Dead”) is 33.
Rock musician Brad Shultz (Cage
the Elephant) is 33. Rock musician
Nick Perri is 31. Tennis player Andy
Murray is 28.
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