North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
Santiago dies at 82
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ( AP) - Carlos Manuel Santiago,
a star infielder in the Negro leagues during the 1940s, died
* Sunday. He was 82.
He died of cardiac failure at his home in Mayaguez, son
Carlos Manuel Santiago Feliciano said.
Santiago played second base and
shortstop for the New York Cubans in
1945-46. He was invited to spring train
ing by the Cleveland Indians in 1951
but was soon drafted into the U.S. Army
and sent to Korea. He was honorably
discharged as a sergeant about two
This year, Santiago was among the
former Negro leaguers invited to attend
.. . a ceremonial draft organized by major
Sanaago league baseball.
The Negro leagues lasted from the
late 1800s until the mid-1950s, providing a professional outlet
for black players. After Jackie Robinson broke the racial barri
er in 1947, more blacks joined the majors and the Negro
During much of his retirement. Santiago worked as a coach
and scout. He was a general manager for three seasons at
Puerto Rico's Mayaguez Indians club, where he got his start
playing in 1944. He was inducted into Puerto Rico's Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1993.
Slave's daughter dies at 110
AUSTIN ( AP) - Amanda Roberts Jones, a slave's daugh
ter who lived to be 110 and voted for the country's first
African-American president, has died, her family said.
Jones, who died last Thursday, became a local celebrity
after she mailed in her ballot for President-elect Barack Obama
in late October. When word of her vote spread, Jones was pro
filed on National Public Radio and ABC News. More than 200
people signed an online petition to send her to Obama 's inau
Her granddaughter, brenda baker,
said Jones had recently been hospital
ized, but she was still preparing for a
standing-room only birthday party
Sunday afternoon. She celebrated her
birthday Dec. 16. Jones went to sleep
Thursday morning and didn't wake up,
her granddaughter told the Austin
American-Statesman, which reported
her death Friday.
"She lived awful long," Baker said.
"It was a full life, and her faith in God
helDed her live a lone life."
Birthday cards from around the country had been arriving
at her home. Baker said.
The middle child of 13. Jones was part of an African
American family thaf.^s lived in Bastrop County for five gen
erations. Her family remained a fixture in Cedar Creek and
other parts of the county even when its members had to eat at
segregated barbecue dives and walk through the back door
while white customers walked through the front, said Amanda
Jones' 68-year-old daughter. Joyce Jones.
Morris Brown's water shut off
ATLANTA ( AP) - Atlanta water service shut off to Morris
Brown College until the school pays its 5380,000 water bill.
Acting President Dr. Stanley Pritchett appealed to the com
munity Sunday for help. Pritchett also says the school sent out
an e-mail to more than 7.000 former students seeking help.
Pritchett says the school needs SI .5 million to pay bills and
other operating costs. He says the school is completing a busi
ness plan to restructure its debt. But he says the school will not
operate without basic services, such as water.
Students are set to return to campus next month.
The historically black institution has faced an uphill battle
ever since losing its accreditation, causing enrollment to drop
Robert Mugabe says 'Zimbabwe
is mine,' won't be toppled
HARARE. Zimbabwe (APi - President Robert Mugabe
declared Friday that "Zimbabwe is mine."' saying only
Zimbabweans can remove him from pow er and that no African
nation is brave enough to wrest it from him.
The ever-defiant Mugabe - in power
for nearly three decades - hit back after
the top U JS envoy to Africa called for
the "person who has ruined the coun
try" to step down
"I will never, never sell my country.
I will never, never, never surrender,"
Mugabe told members of his ZANU-PF
party. "Zimbabwe is mine. I am a
Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe for
Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe never for the
British Britain for the British
He was cheered by flag-waving sup
porters at an annual three-day convention in Bindura. 60 miles
northeast of Harare, the capital. Some wore shirts printed with
pictures of Mugabe's face and sang his praise: "Stay with us.
We know you are our president."
Mugabe. 84. has ruled the country since its 1980 independ
ence from Britain and refused to leave office following disput
ed elections in March.
He has faced renewed criticism amid a humanitarian crisis
that has pushed thousands of Zimbabweans to the point of star
vation and left 1.12i^eople dead from cholera since August.
President George W. Bush. British Prime Minister Gordon
Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have called for
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, N.C. 27101. Periodicals
postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C. Annual subscription price
POSTMASTER: Send address chances to:
The Chronicle. P.O. Box 1636
Winston-Salem. NC 27102-1636
) step down.
Hairdressers want the chance
to style Michelle Obama's hair
BY GILLIAN GAYNAIR
THE ASSOCUTED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Hair salon owner
Barcy Fletcher sent Michelle Obama a 17
minute DVD about himself Hairdresser
Keith Harley uploaded his resume to
President-elect Barack Obama's Web site
And salon owner Nicole Co^er-Blake
plans to get her name in by sending a wel
come basket with bath gels, hair products
and a robe.
There are plenty of unanswered ques
tions buzzing around the Obamas'
impending arrival, but one has hair
dressers on the edge of their styling
chairs: Who will be chosen to do Michelle
Rather than venture out for hair
appointments, the first lady typically
invites beauticians to the White House.
Some of the region's black salon owners
hope their experience with ethnic hair
could give them an edge over those who
coiffed the likes of Laura Bush or Hillary
Fletcher, the 52-year-old owner of The
Hair Palace Salon in Mitchell ville. Md.,
cites his experience in international hair
styling challenges and working with
actress Halle Berry and singer Mya, a
"I'm going to be doing her hair!"'
Fletcher said, if he has anything to say
about it "This would pretty much validate
all of my hard work and effort to get to a
level where I could handle a powerful
queen like the first lady."
Not that it's all glamour for the stylist.
Bernard Portelli, who briefly styled
Hillary Clinton's bob back in 1993,
recalled working in a simple room in the
White House with a shampoo basin, two
chairs and plenty of outlets for blow dry
ers and flat irons. He's not necessarily
eager to go back. '?>
"You have all kind of last-minute
phone calls, which is extremely hard for
someone who has a large clientele in a
salon to drop everything and go." said 57
year-old Portelli. who owns Georgetown's
Still, if Obama's tresses dazzle the
public, it would be a public relations coup
for any salon. Nuri Yurt of Georgetown's
Toka Salon attracted attention after he
began styling Laura Bush's hair in <2005.
Earlier this year. Vogue magazine called
him one of the country 's best colorists for
"It's permanent advertising, if you
will, for the salon." Portelli said.
From the stylists' perspective. Obama
doesn't need much help - they describe
her hair as classic in style, healthy and
For election night. Michael "Rahni"
Flowers of Van Cleef Hair Studio in
Chicago - Obama 's stylist since she was
1 8 - did her hair. And for the Democratic
National Convention. Obama turned to
S^e Hair on A4
Michelle Obatna will soon be the first lady of the United States.
NAACP investigates possible hate crime death
BY ALICE THOMAS-TISDALE
THF lAfKSON advocate
JACKSON, Miss. (NNPA)
- The explanation given by a
George County sheriff's
deputy in the death of high
school football star Billey Joe
Johnson Jr. has the George
County Mississippi NAACP
throwing yellow flags all over
the pavement in the small
community of Lucedale. Miss.
If foul play has occurred,
the NAACP says the penalty
could go as far as being identi
fied as a hate crime. The
Johnson family has asked the
NAACP to step in to investi
gate their son's death. George
County NAACP president
Willie Gaines and Curley
Clark, second vice president of
the Mississippi State
Conference NAACP. are the
In part, the statement by
the George County Sheriff's
office reads: "He [the deputy]
was sitting in his patrol vehicle
... when he heard a gunshot
and saw the victim laying on
the ground by the driver s side
door of the vehicle that
Johnson was driving. A shot
gun was lying on the victim.
The NAACP has learned
that Johnson, an African
American. was dating a white
female who has a relationship
with someone at the George
County Sheriff's office.
"For this reason we have
alerted the FBI to possible
civil rights violations. If the
autopsy report reveals that
Billey 's death was not an acci
dent, we want Johnson's death
treated as a hate crime ." Clark
Autopsy reports from the
Mississippi Bureau of
Investigation and State
NAACP's independent pathol
ogist won't be available for
another few weeks. But the
NAACP has already ruled out
suicide. "It can only be acci
dental death or homicide."
At first, local authorities
were only trying to decide if
the death was by suicide or by
"We recreated the scene.
Using a full choke, 12-gauge
shotgun, there's no way
Johnson could have committed
suicide. Billey was shot in the
left, back part of his head He's
right-handed." said Clark
The NAACP also agrees
with the family that the 17
year-old had everything to live
for. Johnson was one of the
highest rated high school ath
letes in the state with offers to
Auburn, Alabama and
Mississippi- He was excited
about attending a football
awards banquet that was to
take place the evening of Dec.
Billey Joe Johnson Jr.
8. The tragic incident occurred
around 6 a.m.. well before sun
"Nothing supports the
notion that the junior running
back was in the state of mind
to kill himself. He was not sui
cidal or depressed." stated
"It was dark so the officer
should have had a flashlight to
look inside the vehicle with."
Clark said. The NAAQ*"s
investigation has uncovered
that a 911 call occurred shortly
before the traffic stop, which
brings into question if the
sheriff's deputy was pursuing
Johnson biased on the 911 call
or a traffic stop. The 911 call
involved a report from a local
resident of an apparent break
in at a trailer park.
The statement the deputy
gave is suspect. You mean to
tell me that an officer of the
law is going to walk up to a
See Johnson on A4
For one in six children in America, it's an impossible hurdle.
What's a life We when getting clothes and medicne are m doubt' Right now
13 million children in America know the answer But more than darfy necessities,
they wan! a chance Wortung together we can create opportunity and build hope
There are many ways you can lend a hand- Wil you help'
4k Catholic C?ni|Miqii
Go to wwwpoverlyusaorg and gel involved- ^ h???o..h ,