Sidney Kelly and Bea Ackenbom-Kelly are being honored posthumously with this year’s Civil Rights Movement Resolution for their contributions in forging relationships between black and white citizens in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
A resolution by Mayor Allen Joines and the City Council honoring the Kellys will be read at the City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
Joines initiated the annual Civil Rights Movement Resolution in 2003 to honor those outstanding individuals who worked to strengthen civil rights and race relations in Winston-Salem.
The Kellys were instrumental in forming Crossing 52, a group that was forerunner to today’s CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment) organization, to bring black and white citizens together to discuss and improve the lives of those in need.
Their commitment spanned their longtime residency in Winston-Salem to include assisting with the legal cases of those who could not afford to pay, as well as involvement with the Winston-Salem Minister’s Conference and the Winston-Salem chapter of the National Organization of Women.
Mr. Kelly was recognized in 1998 with the Winston-Salem State University Charles C. Ross Award and the 2004 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dare to Make a Difference Award.
Sidney Kelly passed away on Jan. 18 of congestive heart failure. Bea Ackenbom-Kelly died five days later of cancer.
The text of the resolution [pdf/1p].