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Vol. XXXVII No. 54
THURSDAY, September 8, 2011
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Photo by Todd Luck
TaMeicka Clear and her fiancee, Zuri Davenport ,
would like the right to legally marry in N .C .
BY TODD LUCK
I III CHRONICI I
Black state lawmakers are
leery of a constitutional
amendment being pushed by
Republicans in the General
Assembly that would define
marriage as being between a
man and a woman
It's one of several consti
tutional amendments the
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take up when it
returns for a special
session on Sept.
A 1996 law
already states that
including those per
formed in other
states, are not legal
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Carolina, so Sen. Frank
McKissick Jr., the chair of
the N.C. Legislative Black
Caucus, says there is no
legitimate need to place the
issue on the ballot. He says
the GOP has ulterior
"It was also believed that
the motivation behind it was
to really draw out voters to
the polls in a presidential
election year that would be
more likely to vote in oppo
sition to Democratic candi
dates," said McKissick, who
added the Blaek Caucus
passed a resolution against
supporting the ballot initia
N.C. Rep. Dale FolweU,
a Forsyth County
Republican who is one of the
architects of the proposed
amendment, said that he
wants the state's constitution
changed to include a
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marriage so that
North Carolina will
he better protected
from challenges and
"The reason you
put it in the
Constitution is that
other states that
have had this in
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Iowa, you're always one leg
islature or one activist judge
away from overturning it,"
said Folwell. referring to the
2(K)9 Iowa Supreme Court
ruling that legalized same-sex
marriage in that state.
Folwell denied that the
timing of the amendment was
intended to hurt Democratic
candidates next year, noting
that Democrats still won in
states that had marriage
See Marriage on A9
1 00-year-old still finds time
for exercise and even dating
BY I.AYI.A t ARMKR
I III CHRONIC! I
Longtime Winston-Salem resident
Eugene Samuels will aehieve a eentury
of living next week, when he eelebrates
his birthday on Sept. 15. Samuels is
the oldest resident at the Somerset Court
University Plaee assisted living facility
he calls home, according to Resident
Care Director Patricia McClelland.
McClelland says Samuels is known
for his dapper style
of dress and his
warm and open
is a pleasant gen
t I e m a n , "
ed. "He's always
dressed neatly and
dressed well. He
wears his suits
almost every day."
approaches the 100-year mark, some of
the finer points of his long existence
escape Samuels, but he remembers
some details from his days as a boy
growing up around the turn of the 20th
Century with starling clarity.
Samuels' family lived on a farm in
Darlington. South Carolina and drew
much of their sustenance from the land,
where they grew com. cotton and other
crops and kept chickens, cows and
goats. His mother relied on a natural
refrigerator, churning butter for the fam
ily and placing it in a nearby spring to
keep it cool until it was ready to be
used, he recalled. The children played
games with roman candles and knives,
he said, but nobody ever got hurt.
See Samuels on A 10
Photo by l..ay la Farmer
Eugene Samuels sits in his favorite place - a sunny spot near the
entrance of Somerset Court.
A Gift That Keeps On Giving
Friends raise $25,000 to endow WSSU scholarship in honor oj Dr. Bailey
Dr. L'Tanya Joy Bailey (right) is presented with an oversizec
check by Dr. Roslyn Crisp.
BY EAYLA FARMER
After more than 30 years of friendship. Drs.
L'Tanya Joy Bailey and Roslyn Crisp don't have
many secrets between them.
Still, Crisp, a pediatric dentist who practices
in Burlington and Yanceyville, managed to keep
a big secret from Bailey - who has an orthodon
tics practice in High Point - for an entire year.
Crisp had established an endowed scholarship in
Bailey's honor at Bailey's alma mater. Winston
Salem State University. Crisp was finally able
to let the cat out of the bag on June 9. when she
unveiled the news to Dr. Bailey as a birthday
gift during a surprise reception at the Alamance
(County) Country Club.
"I know how she feels about Winston-Salem
State." Crisp said of Bailey, whom she met at
, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I while the two were graduate students. "That's
See Scholarship on A6
Mosque will host 9/1 1 anniversary service
Imam Khalid Griggs has lead the
Community Mosque for decades.
BY LAYLA FARMER
On the anniversary of one of the most divisive moments in mod
em American history, an interfaith group of faith
leaders known as the Circle of Friends is hosting
a special ceremony to promote healing, unity and
The "A Service of Remembrance and
Reflection." as the community-wide Sept. II
remembrance has been dubbed, will be held at the
Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, where
organizers expect several hundred community
members to join together across faith and cultur
"We have it structured in a way that we want
to give expression to the roles that the faith com
munity and the religious community plays in trying to build relation
ships that are sustainable beyond horrific events like 9-1 1 said Imam
Sec 9/11 on A2
Keeping the Faith
Photo by Lay la Farmer
District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield sings
along with the choir S unday during a rally held
at St. Paul UMC to support her as she faces a
judicial inquiry. Read more on Bl.
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Keep it here.
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