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Serena Williams to play in S.C. at Family Circle Cup tennis tourney CHARLESTON, S.C. - Serena Williams, who with drew from the Family Circle Cup two years ago to honor the NAACP's boycott of South Carolina tor tlying the Confederate (lag, has told officials she'll play in this year's tournament. Williams will join defending cham pion Jennifer Capriati. Monica Seles and Anna KyurnU^a in the clay-court event April 15-21 at the Family Circle Tennis Center. 0 "Serena Williams is a remarkable tennis player and has accomplished so much in her young career so far," said Frankie Whelan, FamilyfCircle execu Williams me uirecior. wnai is equally impor tant. Serena serves as such a positive rote model to young children who dream of success not only in sports but in their everyday lives." Two years ago, Williams was one of the first to commit to the tournament. But (die became the biggest sports name to back the economic sanctions T>y the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to force the removal of the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome. Williams, 18 at the time, said not playing in South Car olina "was based on a much deeper issue and one that I feel strongly about." The South Carolina Legislature agreed to a compromise that removed the flag and put a similar one up at the Con federate Soldier Monument on Statehouse grounds in July 2000. The NAACP has continued its economic sanctions, wanting the flag removed from the grouncTs altogether. Last year, the group picketed outside the Tennis Center during the Family Circle. Williams didn't play in last year's event. Black woman president of AARP & WAILUKU, Hawaii - A Maui woman has been elected national president of the American Association of Retired People. Marie Smith. 62, was elected to the position at a board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C., last month. Next month, she will begin a two-year term as president-elect and then will be president of the 35 million-member organiza tion for two years starting in 2004. The group acts as an advocate for the elderly in nation al, state and local governments. 0 Smith said she hopes to push for social change, includ ing Medicare coverage for prescription drugs. She has served as a volunteer on numerous boards and commissions, and said it seems as though she has been preparing all her life for this role. "Everything seems to be leading to this," she said. Smith, an African American, said she did not let racial obstacles stop her from succeeding. There was an obstacle every step of the way. but she did n't see it as an obstacle, she said. "I don't think I saw it as anything. This is life happen ing." she said. After graduating from college. Smith worked in various cities as a manager for the U.S. Social Security Administra tion before transferring from San Francisco to Maui about 25 years ago. She retired about 15 years ago and has worked with her husband in operating Aina Anuhea Tropical Garden in Kahakuloa. Barry will run again WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, the 1960s civil rights leader whose 1991 crack bust made international headlines, announced last week that he is running for at at-large seat on the dis trict City Council, which he says should once again be majority black. Barry, who began, his D.C. political career as a councilman in 1975. told reporters he is running because he believed his opponent, council mem ber Phil Mendelson. who is white, has been "woefully lacking" in his leader ship. "The City Council ought to reflect the demographics of the city," he said. "If the city's majority black, it makes sense the City Council ought to be majority black." Barry The 66-year old Barry was elected to the council a sec ond time in 1992. after serving six months in jail for cocaine possession. In 1994. he was elected mayor for the fourth time. Barry, who announced in 1998 he would not seek anoth er term as mayor, helped build the District of Columbia into a corporate center in the 1980s. He is a grass-roots politi cian best known for his championing of the city's poor res idents, frank talk about race and a patronage system of rewarding supporters wifh government-sponsored jobs. In 1990. he was videotaped in a Washington. D.C.. hotel room smoking crack cocaine, and arrested during a FBI drug bust. Press reports quote Barry as saying "unqualified white people" were getting city jobs over more qualified African Americans. He also believes the City Council - now hold ing a one-vote white majority - should reflect that D.C.'s population is 60 percent black. The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Co., Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101. Periodicals postage paid at Win ston-Salem, N.C. Annual subscription price is $30.72. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle, P.O. Box 1636 Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1636 Brazile, former head of Gore campaign, has new gig at DNC spkcial ro mi chkoniclk WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe last week announced that Donna Brazile. former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2()00, has been appointed to the position of nation al chair of the Voting Rights Institute (VR1), the party's major initiative to pro mote and protect the right to vote. She takes the helm from Maynard Jackson, former mayor of Atlanta, who has served in the position since 2001. "I would first like to thank Maynard Jackson for his jyemendous leadership and tireless work on behalf of the Demo cratic Party. Under the leadership of Donna Brazile. we will continue to build on the solid foundation created by May nard and the staff of the Voting Rights Institute. Maynard has been and will continue to be a powerful advocate and dynamic member of our party," said McAuliffe. "It is with great pride and excitement that we welcome Donna Brazile as the national chair of the Voting Rights Insti tute. From her historic role as the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign to her extensive grassroots organizing successes. Donna has been a national leadewn empowering and energizing voters. Her vision, pas sion and unparalleled experience make her the ideal leader to direct the critical effort of ensuring that every American can properly and freely exercise their constitutional- right to vote. The Voting Rights Institute was one of my first ini tiatives and stands at the lop of our pri orities moving into the coming election cycle," McAuliffe said. File Pholo Donna Brazile chats with former Vice President Al Gore. Brazile led Gore's presi dential campaign in 2000. She now works for the DNC. The DNC Voting Rights Institute was created in response to the rampant viola tions of constitutional and legislatively protected voting rights for all Americans. Brazile said. "The Democratic Party, through the work of the Voting Rights Institute, will ensure that no American is left behind at the polls. We will not allow the 2000 election to become an interest ing chapter in our nation's history. "We will make sure it ne&r happens again. Some Americans saw their most basic rights trampled and it is our responsibility to channel the anger from November 2()(H) into positive energy to revive American democracy and give every citizen a voice at the political table." 8 firefighters claim racial discrimination , BY JENNIFER HOLLAND lilt \SSQC1ATED PRESS COLUMBIA, S.C. - Capt. Robert Goodson says he's watched less experienced white colleagues promoted past him during his 22-year career with the Columbia Fire Department and he thinks it's because he is black. Alter at least 10 years of city officials ignoring the complaints, Goodson said Fri day he is taking action with seven fellow firefighters who have asked the federal govern ment to investigate. "We have no choice," said Goodson, 48. If the depart ment had followed a fair pro motion policy. "I'd probably be battalion chief or better," he said. The firefighters want the city to create a clear promo tion policy and equitable pay system or they will sue for back pay. "There are a lot of other people in the Fire Department trapped in their positions," said Capt. Sherman Hollins. I 47. . i ? ? ' : Charles Austin. Columbia assistant city manager for public safety, said city offi cials will cooperate with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's investigation of the allega tions and the city's promotion policy. "We will continue to assess the validity of the claims," Austin said. The firefighters say Columbia Fire Chief John Jansen made it easier to dis criminate against employees when he abolished seniority as a factor For promotions. Jansen also eliminated a por tion of the exam that tested firefighters' knowledge of the city's streets, which the fire fighters say opened the gate for those with less experience to move up in the ranks. "How can you challenge anything when you have the head of the department saying it's the good ol" boy system." said Deputy Fire Marshal ?ent Scott. 36. Of the city's 340 firefight ers. 120 are black. There is one black assistant chief, compared with five white. Of the 17 battalion chiefs, two are black. Fifteen captains are black, while 61 are white. "We know we have a Hawed system." Goodson said. "They know we don't like it. We've told them over the years." Jansen did not return two phone calls from The Associ ated Press seeking comment. "We will not tolerate dis crimination and we want a diverse work force," Colum bia Mayor Bob Coble said. The city has faced four discrimination lawsuits chal lenging promotions, he said. Two cases filed by black employees were dropped, while the other two cases, which were filed by white employees, were settled. "Many have raised issues with pay equity and the pro motion system." Coble said. "I don't know if it means we haven't done a very good job with it or it is just a difficult issue to get resolved." An attorney for the fire fighters. Donald Gist, said he hopes to find an "equitable and amicable resolution" fol lowing the federal investiga tion. Otherwise he will file a lawsuit seeking actual and punitive damages. Gist had a copy of a letter firefighters sent to Coble in 1997. complaining about unfair promotions of whites over blacks in the Fire Depart; ment and that white recruits from Lexington wore Confed erate flag insignia on their helmets. "These men have laid their careers on the line because they are tired of not being pro moted." Gist said. Goodson said he was not concerned about retaliation from his supervisors. "It's nothing new." he said. "My clients are very hon orable gentlemen," Gist said. "They have taken a lot of heat on the job." Thfe Chronicle offices will be closing at 1 o'clock Thursday, March 14, due to our 19th Annual Community Awards Banquet OPINION A6 SPORTS B1 RELIGION B4 CLASSIFIEDS B7 HEALTH C3 ENTERTAINMENT C7 CALENDAR C9 Go for Digital Cable from Time Warner. Over 240 Channels, with No Expensive Equipment to Buy Ever. 1 More of your favorite local channels no extra charge 1 The best value on additional TVs-no hassle additional outlets a. 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