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Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland has announced the selection of Carla Banks as the City’s new communications and marketing department director.

Banks, who officially starts her new role on April 25, has served as the director of public affairs for Orange County, NC since 2012 and previously as the manager of communications for the City of Kissimmee, Fla.

“I am very excited to have Carla Banks join the City of Greensboro and lead the communications and marketing department,” says City Manager Jim Westmoreland. “Carla will be essential to our organization moving forward as we continue to tell our story in new and creative ways. Her unique background of government service and news media experience allows us to become even more strategic and proactive in our messaging.”

In addition to the previous 10 years directing local government communications and marketing, Banks was also a news anchor and reporter for television stations in Florida, Georgia and Missouri. With Greensboro, she will oversee the communications division, Greensboro Television Network, the graphic services/ print shop and its mail room services, the City’s public records process, and Contact Center.

Banks’ earned a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and a master’s degree in public relations management and administration from Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va.


On Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. New Winston Museum will present the quarterly Salon Series panel discussion, “Civil Rights Activism in Winston-Salem: Local 22 and Law Enforcement.” Special guests Dr. Robert Korstad (author of Civil Rights Unionism) and Richard Koritz (son of Philip Koritz, Local 22 director, and board member for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro) will discuss the union’s activity in Winston- Salem. The discussion will have a special focus on the union’s interactions with the local police department and the criminal justice system. The discussion will be moderated by Alex Harris, a Salem College student and North Carolina native. This event will be the first of a three-part salon series on twentieth century civil rights activism in Winston-Salem.

Local 22 was a union of primarily black tobacco manufacturing workers that was part of a larger movement to achieve labor reform for the employees of the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Local 22 consisted of 10,000 tobacco workers; it was racially integrated, but most of them were black and almost all of them were poor. The police department in 1940s Winston-Salem had been known to target poor and black residents as well as those who were deemed “agitators,” so its relationship with Local 22 was particularly volatile.

The union had several altercations with the Winston-Salem police department that ended in violence. The most notable of these interactions is an August 1946 that resulted in the arrest of several Local 22 members including director Philip Koritz. When they went to trial, the all-white jury voted to convict them of resisting arrest; appeals based on racial discrimination failed, and the union members were sentenced to several months of incarceration.

This event is free and open to the public. New Winston Museum is located at 713 S. Marshall Street, Winston-Salem. Additional parking is available in the Old Salem Visitors Center lot. !