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BYT. KEVIN WALKER
These days, Danny Glover
Is more of an advocate and
H i s
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on are just as well known as
his roles in classic films such
as "The Color Purple,"
"Places in the Heart" and the
"Lethal Weapon" series.
Glover's on and off screen
endeavors were cited by a
committee made up of Win
ston-Salem State University
students and administrators.
The committee has picked
Glover to be the speaker for
the university's next com
mencement exercises. Glover
is scheduled to speak at
WSSU's 110th spring com
mencement May 11 at Joel
Coliseum. More than 500 sen
iors are expected to receive
degrees during the exercise.
News of Glover's appear
ance has already got many
"I feel honored to be able
to hear him because he is such
a wonderful individual, not
only a great actor but also a
great human rights activist."
said senior Tameka Stafford.
"A lot of people are really
excited and surprised that we
were able to get such a high
Glover has been in the
news a lot over the past six
months and not because of his
roles in recent films such as
"The Royal Tenenbaums."
Late last year. Glover agreed
to help lead TransAfrica. a
group, when Randell Robin
son. the founder of
TransAfrica, decided to step
do.wn from the helm of the
organization. Glover is the
chuirman of' the organiza
' Glover won praise from
some and received criticism
from others last November
Set Glover on A11
[ Pholo by Kevin Walkei
Chuck Davis, left, and a member of his African American Dance Ensem
ble add their voices to a dance and drum performance at Diggs Gallery.
Troupe settling in
for series of events
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The infectious beats and awe-inspir
ing moves of the African American Dance
Ensemble lured dozens of people to Win
ston-Salem State University's Diggs
Gallery Monday night.
The Durham-based dance <ompany is
in the city this week as part of a residen
cy project sponsored by the Southeastern
Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA).
Diggs Gallery played host for a special
kick-off event, which featured a recep
tion. a talk by the world renowned chore
ographer Chuck Green and spirited per
formances by members of the ensemble.
The African American Dance Ensem
ble's motto is "peace, love and respect for
everybody." The group promotes that
motto through the celebration of African
culture via dance, music, lectures and arts
Davis, a native of Raleigh, founded
the the AADE in New York City in 1968.
He relocated the company to Durham in
1980 at the invitation of the American
Dance Festival. Davis has long had a cre
ative connection to Africa, which remains
strong through the many trips he makes to
the continent to study dance and music.
According to Mark Linga. SECCA's
associate curator of education, people
from all backgrounds can learn from each
other through the beauty of African
dance. AADE's residency is being pro
moted as a cross-cultural celebration.
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Simply the Best
Photo by Bruce Chapman
Coach Howard West of Reynolds High School celebrates with Whit Holcomb-Faye, Andre Reid, Omarr Byrom and Chris
Olson. The Deacons captured their third consecutive state 4-A basketball championship in Chapel Hill Saturday.
BY T KEVIN WALKER
One of the nation's foremost
social justice advocates says a
new form of apartheid is
becoming more apparent in the
United States, a litany of barri
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care, housing and especially
Jonathan Kozol. a best-sell
ing author whose books exam
ining the lives and hopes of
poor, inner-city school children
are often quoted - told a crowd
of hundreds Tuesday night,
including dozens of local public
school teachers, at Wake Forest
University that the new
apartheid is "shameful" and
"It is the shame of the
nation." said Kozol, whose
work has won praise from peo
ple such as the late Gwendolyn
Brooks and Marian Wright
Kozol spent close to two
hours railing against the current
state of education in the United
States, especially in large met
ropolitan areas such as New
York City. A Harvard graduate
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who is white, was spurred to a
career in teaching in the late
1960s by the ongoing fight for
civil rights in the South.
Soon after the much publi
cized heinous 1966 murders of
freedom fighters James Cheney,
Mickey Schwerner and Michael
Goodman in Mississippi (the
story behind the murders was
the subject of the film "Missis
sippi Burning"). Kozol went to
an African-American church in
his native Boston and asked the
pastor what he could do to help.
The pastor pursued him to teach
a church-based reading pro
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Church hopes prayers spur peace in Middle East
A Palestinian woman gestures as Israeli soldiers search the refugee
camp for Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank town of Tulkarem.
BY COl'RTNEY GA1LLARD
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A special prayer crusade for world
peace took place at Goler Memorial AME
Zion Church on Patterson Avenue on
Wednesday. March 13. Pastor Seth l.artey
and members of his congregation came
together to call upon Israeli Prime Minis
ter Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat to cease all violence during
the Easter season.
The call for peace comes after 17
months of violence in the Middle East that
most recently brought a slew of suicide
bombings in Israel that have taken the
lives of hundreds of innocent civilians,
including many children, over the con
struction of Jewish settlements in Pales
tinian territories. U.S. envoy Anthony
Zinni recently made attempts to persuade
both regions in conflict to reach a cease
fire in the year-long battle.
ed the offices of
other major world
Bush. Secretary of
State Colin Powell
Annan, with faxes
rcqucst-wig a can
Lartey peace at this
time during the
year. Christians are in the Easter season.
"The goal is to reach worldwide.
Christians all over the world, to not just .,
sit back and allow what's happening to '
continue, because silence can sometimes,
mean consent, und we don't want to be
called a part of the problem." Lartey said.
Members of Goler Memorial along
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