It’s not Cooperstown, but it’s our town, and that’s mighty fine. The eight people and two organizations that have now been inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame have helped to make this city what it is. The choices reflect Raleigh’s strength in its diversity and the strong “people power” among its residents.
The individual inductees come from a broad variety of backgrounds and professional lives, but they’ve all contributed to the betterment of their city. Katherine B. “Kit” Boney helped develop Yates Mill County Park and Oak View Park; Betty Debnam Hunt created “The Mini Page,” now in 500 news papers; Henry Kamphoefner was the founding dean of N.C. State’s School of Design; Claude McKinney headed that school and the Centennial Campus; James Gregory Poole Jr. has served a multitude of community organizations, among them WakeMed and the YMCA; George Williams is the track coach at St. Augustine’s University and for the U.S. Olympic team; Peyton Woodson III has focused his humanitarian efforts on education and the arts; the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. David Forbes Sr. was a founding member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee at Shaw University.
The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army of Wake County, inducted as groups, continue to make tremendous contributions to the community.
Activists and volunteers don’t get much recognition, mostly because they don’t seek it out. But a city such as Raleigh needs to bow to them and to cite them as examples of pubic spiritedness for the generations to come. Let us hope that their accomplishments will light the way for those who follow, with Raleigh and its people the beneficiaries of their legacies.