Committed to preserving the legacy of Carver High School, the National Board of Directors of CHS Alumni and Friends Association Inc., has appointed Dr. J. Jerome Newton as interim national president.
Newton succeeds Granger Martin Sr., former national president who served from July 2018 until his unexpected death in September 2020.
Elder Donald Ray Kornegay was appointed national vice president-at-large after previous VP Jerry Harper resigned due to personal obligations.
A native of Mount Olive, Newton attended George Washington Carver High and completed his high school education at Southern Wayne.
“When the schools integrated, many were heartbroken,” said Newton. “Carver was not only a school, but it was a community, a place of fellowship, a place that hosted extended families. Carver was loved and many friendships, memories were displaced.
“Even though, much had happened in the preparation of the change, it was a huge blow and life was never the same.”
Upon graduation from Winston-Salem State University, Newton was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and served for more than 20 years.
Newton was reportedly the first WSSU student to retire as a commissioned USMC officer.
The CHS Alumni and Friends Association Inc., canceled events in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the group plans to focus on three major programs for the rest of 2021.
Work continues on the association’s scholarship program, which appeals to seniors who plan to attend historically Black colleges and universities.
The group continues efforts to increase its membership with the goal of expansion for all alumni chapters.
The annual fundraising project has started. Alumni raise funds for their outreach programs that include the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Black History Month activities, Senior Citizens Banquet, Gospel Music Concert, other charitable causes and the scholarship fund.
The association hopes to resume activities in 2022 that involve community service and its alumni weekend filled with class reunions and other celebratory activities.
The Carver High School Alumni and Friends Association was organized in 1982 under the leadership of Al King. The membership can trace its roots back to around 1880 in southern Wayne County.